Paper Plate Bumble Bee
Supplies Needed; Paper Plate, yellow and black paint, wiggly eyes, black and red construction paper, white paper, black pipe cleaner, scissors, and glue
Paint your paper plate yellow and allow it to dry. Once dry, cut your plate in half. Paint black stripes on your bee's body. Using your black construction paper, cut out a circle shape. Use your red paper to cut out a crescent shape for your mouth and white paper will be your wings. Twist your pipe cleaner into two arches, this will be your antennae. Glue on all pieces, and allow to dry.
This is a good project for teaching kids numbers and number order. Create your bee from construction paper and cut out numbers. Have the children identify what the number is and what order it goes in.
Bumble Bee Wrist Band
Provide children with a strip of yellow construction paper that will fit around their wrists. Encourage them to draw black lines and a face on their strip of yellow paper. Then provide glue, googly eyes, and a piece of wax paper in the shape of wings for the children to complete their bumble bee. Help the children to tape the two ends of the piece of yellow paper together to create a band for them to put on their wrists.
Toilet Paper Roll Bee
What you need: Toilet paper roll, construction paper, and glue.
Assist older children in cutting out the shapes and help younger children assemble the shapes to make their bee's.
Recycled Bumble Bee
This is a good recycled art project for kids. Use an old egg carton and pipe cleaners to create a bumble bee.
Bee Foot Sensory Play
This is a fun sensory activity for kids. Paint the children's feet and have them step on a white piece of paper. When the paint is dry have them draw wings, antennae, and mouth. Add googly eyes to create their bee's.
Bee File Folder Game
The letter “b” file folder game. (Literacy)
Take the bees you have cut out (or stickers) glue them to index cards and cut out. Apply contact paper or laminate on the top and bottom of each bee to make them sturdy.
When children place incorrectly (because they just might like ants) do not correct them. Help them to sound out the first sound of the incorrect answer and compare it to the correct answer “b” bee.
If you are going to use this at a learning center put up pictures of bees or maybe a placemat with pictures of bees, a hive, or honey.
Writing a Bee Story and Puppet
Collecting Pollen (Science, literacy, art)
Read: Seeds, Bees, and Pollen by Julie K. Lundgren and Kristi Lew
Finger play: One Little Bee Sitting on a Flower, by Debbie Hasbrook M.Ed.
Place the flowers on a low table in a sturdy vase
In two small containers place several Q-tips. Show the children how to collect the pollen the way bees do. To see the pollen have the children wipe the Q-tip on the inside of flower and then on the blue construction paper. (If there is not enough pollen, dust the inside of the flowers dry yellow poster paint.)
Using 3 x 5 cards and write down what the children say about their experience. Post the comments and pictures for parents to see. Post pictures of children collecting the bee pollen for an added touch.
You can then use these to make a picture by adding bee and flower stickers.