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Planning a bee themed unit for your young learners? This preschool bee craft is perfect! With just a few supplies, your kids can make a fun bee hive craft.
I love taking household items and turning them into fun craft projects. Your kids will be buzzing with excitement when you share this bee craft for preschool kiddos.
Gather a few household items, and you’re all set to create a fun beehive craft with your preschoolers. Add this to your Letter B lessons, insect lessons, or spring/summer lessons. It’s a perfect fit!
Preschool Bee Craft
If this doesn’t become your preschoolers’ favorite bug craft, I’ll be very surprised!
What You’ll Need
- ping pong balls
- yellow craft paint
- black sharpie
- glue gun
- paint brush
- white construction paper
- cardboard tubes
- fishing line
What You’ll Do
Start by making the bee hive. To do so, cut the cardboard tubes into 1″ wide rings. Fold the rings in half. Unfold and fold in half again until your ring has a hexagonal shape. They don’t need to be perfect.
Once the rings are all folded, pick two and add a dot of glue to connect them. Continue building out until your beehive is the desired shape and size.
To make the bees, you can purchase yellow ping pong balls. Or, you can have your preschoolers paint them with yellow craft paint.
Once the paint is dry, draw a circle for the face using the black sharpie. Add two eyes, a nose, and a mouth.
Draw black rings around the ping pong balls for the bees’ stripes. Add a small triangle on the side opposite the face. This is the bee’s stinger.
Cut a small pipe cleaner piece and fold it into a ‘v’ shape. Glue it to the bee’s face for his antenna.
Cut out two oval shapes from white construction paper. Make sure there is a little tab on the side of each wing.
Fold the wing on the tab and add a drop of glue. Attach it to the bee.
If you want to have your bee ‘fly’ attach a piece of fishing line to the bee and to the hive. Fishing line is great because it looks almost invisible!
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.
This beautiful wooden honey bee puzzle let’s the child explore the wonderful world of honey bees.
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This collection of bee resources is full of my favorite things for teaching preschoolers about bees.
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