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Do you have a preschooler fascinated by bees? They’re a fascinating insect to study. So spend a day learning about them with these bee activities!
These hands-on bee activities are sure to pique your preschooler’s interest this spring. They’ll help you teach them about bees while lessening their fears.
They’ll love learning more about these pollinators and how they help our world.
Bee Activities for Preschoolers
1. Read Book about Bees
Start off your study of bees by reading a few good books about bees. You can choose one excellent book or read several books. It’s up to you!
I recommend Five Bizzy Honey Bees – The Fun and Factual Life of the Honey Bee. It’s a delightful book you and your children will enjoy reading over and over again.
And if you’re looking for a pile of books, don’t forget to check out these delightful nonfiction preschool books about bees.
Bee Life Cycle Printable
Spring and summer are the perfect time of year to study bees! This bee life cycle printable features 15 activities for preschoolers!
2. Practice Letter B for Bees
Studying bees is the perfect time to introduce the letter B to your preschools. Pull out the magnetic letters and search for the letter B among them.
Grab old magazines and newspapers. Again look for the letter B in them. You can have your child cut the letter out or simply circle every B you find. My kids love to highlight the letters themselves.
If you cut them out, pin the letter B onto a word wall or glue the letters to a piece of paper and hang it on your refrigerator.
Don’t forget to search for the letter B in the books you’re reading today.
3. Write the Letter B
Now it’s time to write the letter B! Kids love to paint the letter B on paper. And since you’re studying bees, grab the yellow and black paints. This way you can have honey-bee colored B’s!
You can also paint a large B on the piece of paper yourself and have your children paint tiny honey bees around the letter.
As my kids write the letter B, I’ve found it helps to remind them that the small B begins with a downward stroke. It’s down and then up and around.
Keep in mind, it takes children a long time to recognize the difference between the lowercase letter B and the lowercase letter D. So be patient and give your child plenty of help!
4. Counting Games
Counting games are tons of fun when you’re studying bees!
Draw a flower and then put a couple of the letter b’s you cut out from magazines and newspapers on the flower.
- How many b’s are on the flower?
- Oh my! Two flew away.
- Now how many letter b’s are on the flower?
Don’t forget to set up a hive for the bee’s to return to after they’ve collected the nectar!
Again you can keep the counting game going.
- How many bees are in the hive?
- How many bees are sitting on flowers?
- Are there more bees on flowers or in the hive?
- Are there fewer bees on the flower or in the hive?
- How many more?
- How many less?
Keep the counting game going as long as your child is interested!
Then print these honey-bee math activities for even more math fun!
Busy Bees Count and Graph
This busy bees count and graph activity is a great way to practice counting and graphing skills during the spring and summer.
5. Study the Bees
Review both the life cycle of honey bees and the different types of honey bees in the hive now that you’ve read one or more books about bees.
After all, not every honeybee is a queen. Most of the bees are drones or worker bees!
Encourage your kids to pretend to be bees and set up a tent or hive in the living room. The kids can buzz around the house collecting pollen from flowers before bringing the pollen back to the hive to make honey.
And take a check out these fun activities about the life cycle about bees for even more fun ideas!
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT BEESFill your book basket with a great collection of books about bees. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Bee & Me – A little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation. The Honeybee Man – Every morning, Fred climbs three flights of stairs—up to his rooftop in Brooklyn, New York—and greets the members of his enormous family: “Good morning, my bees, my darlings!” His honeybee workers are busy—they tend the hive, feed babies, and make wax rooms. They also forage in flowers abloom across Brooklyn… so that, one day, Fred can make his famous honey, something the entire neighborhood looks forward to tasting. The Life and Times of the Honeybee – Why do beekeepers use smoke machines when collecting honey? Can a bee really sting only once? Why do bees “dance”? In concise, detailed text and abundant illustrations that range from the humorous to the scientific, Charles Micucci offers a wide-ranging and spirited introduction to the life cycle, social organization, and history of one of the world’s most useful insects.
More Teaching Resources
- This hand-sewn honey bee finger puppet is a great tool to have on hand in your bee-themed activities. Kids can use it to tell the life cycle or to act out their favorite bee stories.
- This 7 piece wooden beehive play set is made from maple wood. The pieces are painted with non-toxic watercolor and acrylic paint and are sealed with beeswax. It’s great for open-ended play and refreshingly different from cheaply made plastic toys. This play set is destined to become a family heirloom!