Honey Bees Life Cycle Game

This honey bees life cycle game is a great way for preschoolers to learn through play. This is a great review tool for kids.

Hands-on activities help children retain what they learn, and this adorable bee-themed board game is a great activity to add to your bee activities for preschoolers.

Add this free preschool printable to your spring and summer activities. If you’d like to teach more about bees, check out my full life cycle of a bee unit study.

Honey Bees Life Cycle Game

As you begin pulling together resources for your preschool bee theme, be sure to include some activities that teach the life cycle of a bee.

Kids will love learning how bees grow from egg to adult.

Preparing the Printable Board Game

This game includes two pages – a game board and a die. I recommend printing the game board on cardstock and laminating it for durability.

I print the die on regular printer paper since it’s easier to bend and fold. Cut out the dice and fold on the dotted lines. Tape or glue tabs to secure.

How to Play the Game

Each child will need a pawn. You can use buttons, game pieces, or even bumblebee erasers.

The child will roll the die and move his pawn accordingly. If the first roll is a negative number, the child can roll again or forfeit a turn.

Play continues until one player reaches the “finished” space.


Have players name the stage of the bee life cycle shown when the die is rolled. This is a great way to practice the vocabulary words associated with the life cycle of a bee.


Fill 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 (Old Barn Books)The Honeybee ManThe Life and Times of the Honeybee


 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. 

Teaching Resources

This beautiful wooden honey bee puzzle let’s the child explore the wonderful world of honey bees.

You can add some plush bumblebee toys to your imaginative play area for kids to act out their favorite bee stories.

This collection of bee resources is full of my favorite things for teaching preschoolers about bees.

This printable bee craft for preschoolers is so cute! It is super simple to make, and it’s sure to inspire hours of imaginative play.

Spring and summer are the perfect time to learn about bees and this bee life cycle playdough mat is perfect for your unit.

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