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Ages 2.5 and older - Preschool and
The bee is such fun insect to explore as we can all learn so much from
the beneficial things (honey bees) that it does. Let's explore
this animal and make an easy craft. We can address many other
basic concepts and skills.
Activity: Read an Online Story - Buzzy Bee stories by
Carol Moore at Children's Storybook
These are are two fun online stories where children can see a bee
in one her most important "chores" gathering pollen and
nectar, and also learn a lesson or two about having too much of
something.., They also get too "meet" beautiful bulb
flowers and another insect that gathers pollen and is also beneficial
and her name also starts with letter B, guess who it is?
Bee: This short story takes Buzzy Bee
on a trip to gather pollen and nectar from a number of bulb flowers
the children can meet: the daffodil, the tulip, the hyacinth and
one more, a lily ... there is a little moral lesson in there too ...
she sort of eats too much, but her good friends come to her
Bee and Friends:
Buzzy is up to her antics again but now she is shares a
flower with another special insect that also gathers pollen, and
shares the same first alphabet letter in her name, the butterfly.
Again Buzzy has too much of a good thing!!
There are a number of fun online and printable activities to go along Buzzy
Bee's stories: riddles,
coloring book and maze.
coloring book, maze.
Activity: Aesop's Fable > The
Bear and Bees
Present this Aesop fable. Both animal characters start with
letter B. Use the bee craft below and a bear
craft to present the story. Discuss what is a fable and the
moral lesson in the story.
Activity: Bee or Bumblebee Craft - 4 pieces
(Ages 2.5 and older)
Printing / Assembly and Decoration Suggestions:
Note: Review themes/ learning activities that can be presented before, during and after assembly.
1. Printing option 1: Print color
the template pieces to practice numbers, identify shapes
(head - circle, wings and body - ovals), identify colors
(mainly yellow & black), cut out (scissor skills) assist
when necessary, and children can assemble as shown on the
alphabet poster or the template. The wings can be glued under or
over the body, which ever is easier for the children to do.
(Optional: add a set of wax paper wings, read below)
2. Option 3: Print black & white
Children can color in a suggested color to practice (yellow), conduct
learning activities suggested above, and cut out template pieces (assist
Other ideas for decorating the craft:
1. Wax Paper Wings: Cut out the wing templates, and
use them as guideline to cut an extra pair of wax paper wings.
Trace on the non waxy side with a felt marker. Glue only to the
section of the paper wing that will be glued to the bee's body.
This will create a double set of wings and these will flutter when the
children shake the bee.
1. My Bee Can Fly: Make a tiny hole/opening in the
center of the body and insert a piece of yarn (about 9-12")
through the back and make a triple knot. Tie the string to
Popsicle stick to make a puppet or little flying bee.
2. Valentine's Day "Bee Mine" - Print the black
and white version directly to pink craft paper. Fill in the
dots, tail and center stripe with red marker, coloring pencils or
crayons. Write message in the back or on the wide front stripe.
Use the craft to sing bee related songs and do some movement
activities (refer to DLTK links below).
Themes & Learning
Activities for Bees Crafts:
*Basic concepts about bees and why are they beneficial
*Basic explanation of what is pollination
The theme can reinforce letter B activities, here are some
*Bees are Beneficial Bugs
*Busy Bees in my Backyard
1. Animal Facts:
The Bee - Offline and Online Activities
Learning some basic facts about the bees:
Make sure to prepare an interesting display with the alphabet posters,
coloring pages, have some honey for a tasting activity and perhaps an
example of beeswax or candle.
1. There are thousands of different kinds of bees.
2. They are found everywhere in the world except the North and
3. Bees are the only insects that make food that humans eat,
(honey). Honey is a natural and healthy sweetener. (Engage
in a honey tasting activity or an easy recipe calling for honey as a
4. Beeswax is used in making candles, and other
6. Bees live in large groups called colonies.
7. Their dwellings (homes) are called hives.
8. The leader of each hive is the queen. She directs the
activities of the other bees, the workers and the drones. Many
people raise bees for the production of honey and wax or just as a
9. The honey bee is important for the farming industry and
natural settings in the process of pollination for the production of
crops and growth of wild plants.
At Wikipedia.org: images and information
These activities are appropriate for:
Valentine's Day Theme - print the black and white template to pink
paper and you have a cute "Bee Mine" theme craft
Springtime / Garden / Farm Theme (honey bee) / Insect and Bugs Theme -
Include within one of these themed units.
Letter B Bee or Bumblebee
Visit the link to lesson plan activities and printable materials.
Whenever possible use a craft activity to introduce or reinforce
number recognition -- in this case we can introduce B is for Bee, or
Bumblebee and related b words. The letter can be also printed
somewhere in the craft so they children can visually see it when they
play with the craft.
Online Jigsaw Puzzles: Bee
Problem solving skills. View the animal's image and review
facts. Bilingual: English - Spanish
Have fun with an online puzzle of a bee that can be adapted from 6
pieces to 247. The whole family can have a try. Click on
the Change Cut button to adjust number
and shape of pieces.