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This preschool bumble bee craft is perfect for spring and summer! And, it’s a great way to have kids practice their scissor skills.
If you plan to study bees and/or insects with your preschoolers this spring or summer, you will want to be sure to include this simple honey bee preschool craft.
Whether you prep the activity ahead of time (by cutting the circles) or you let your kids do it on their own, they’ll have so much fun buzzing around the room with this bee craft when it’s complete.
With supplies you’ve probably got stashed away in your craft closet, this bee craft for kids will come together in no time.
Let your preschoolers work on it while you read them a great picture book about bees.
Preschool Bumble Bee Craft
If your preschoolers enjoy this bee craft, be sure to share this beehive craft with them, as well. It’ll make a great extension activity for your crafting session.
What You’ll Need
Begin by gathering your supplies. You’ll need a glue stick, pencil, and scissors. If you don’t already have google eyes and pipe cleaners on hand, you’ll want to order some or pick some up on your next trip to the store.
This craft can be made with either cardstock or construction paper. Cardstock will be sturdier than construction paper, but you’ve likely got construction paper on hand already.
What You’ll Do
To begin, cut a 5 ½ inch circle of yellow paper for the bumble bee’s body. Cut a 4 inch circle of yellow paper for the bumble bee’s head, and a 5 ½ inch circle of black paper for the stripes.
Now, take your black circle and cut it into strips. Set the strips aside for later.
Start assembling your bumble bee. First, add 2-3 stripes to the bee’s body with glue then add your head.
Glue on an eye, and draw on an eyebrow and mouth, if desired. Don’t forget to add a stinger, as well.
Let the kids pick out a pipe cleaner for the bee’s antenna, and add it to the back of the bee with tape.
Now, cut out a wing out of tissue paper, and attach it to the body with glue. Finally, add a popsicle stick to the back of the bee.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT BEES
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 – 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.
RESOURCES I LOVE FOR BEE ACTIVITIES
Explore the life cycle of a bee with a set of plastic life cycle figurines. This is a great hands-on way to learn about bees.
Kids will love wearing this felt honey bee mask as they act out their favorite bee-themed stories!
Let your kids play with honey bee slime that smells just like honey!