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This beehive craft for preschoolers is simply adorable! Fingerprint bees add to the playfulness of this paper craft that’s perfect for spring and summer.
Whether you’re studying the life cycle of bees or you’re just looking for something fun to add to your preschool bee activities, be sure to add this fun paper craft to your to-do list.
It’s super simple, and it’s simply too cute to pass by.
Beehive Craft for Preschoolers
This is such a cute craft for little ones. They can practice their scissor skills when they cut out the paper strips, or you can let them use a paper cutter to do so.
You’ll love capturing their fingerprints as they create some bees to buzz around the hive. This simple craft is frame-worthy and will look adorable on display.
What You’ll Need
• yellow and black construction paper
• heavy white cardstock
• glue stick
• jar lid (optional)
What You’ll Do
It’s super easy to get this craft started. First, measure, mark, and cut your yellow construction paper into 5 strips that are 8.5″ long by 1.5″ tall.
Next, cut 2.5″ inches off the length of one piece, and then cut each one about an inch shorter than the one before it. As long as each piece gets shorter than the previous one, you’re good. Measurements don’t need to be exact.
Then, starting with the longest strip of yellow paper, use a glue stick to glue it onto the white cardstock background.
Now, glue each subsequent strip (from longest on the bottom to shortest on top) on the white paper leaving a small space between each strip.
On your black construction paper, trace your jar lid and cut out a circle. Paste the circle about ½” above the base of the beehive.
Use a yellow marker or stamp pad to color your thumbprint, and press it firmly on the white paper. Make as many bees as you’d like.
Finally, using a black fine-tip marker, draw stripes, antennae, and wings on your fingerprint bees.
You can use a pencil to outline the bee and make dashed “flight” lines on the paper, if you’d like. And, you’re all done!
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.
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.
More Bee Fun!
- 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!