Updated date:

Bees: Preschool Theme Unit

bee-preschool-theme

Bee Books, Games, Crafts and More!

Bees are such wonderful and helpful creatures. From pollinating flowers to making honey, we could not live without them. Go ahead and explore the world of bees with your child, preschool class, daycare or homeschool co-op. Use these bee ideas as a science unit, a unit to go along with Letter of the Week or a spring-themed week. I've included free bee printable coloring sheets and games I've created for my children and local co-op class plus other fun ideas.

Organizing Toddler and Preschool Units

When planning units, I like to use 3-ring binders. I have numbered dividers for each day of the week. I switched to numbers rather than days because it always seemed like I started units on different days or I planned the units to last for either less than a week or more than a week.

At the front of the binder I put my unit over-view planning page. Then behind each numbered divider, I place more detailed plans, print-outs, and craft directions.

Download a copy of the toddler planning sheet

One of Our Favorite Bee Books

How To Make a Balloon Bumble Bee

Sometimes having a simple prop during story time makes all the difference. Have the children pass the bumble bee whenever they see a bee in the story or whenever you say the word "bee".

Bee Activities and Games

Gathering Pollen Game:

Supplies:

bouncy balls, ping pong balls or pom poms

bags

several small bowls

Flowers have pollen and that is just what bees love to collect. Set out several "flowers" with pollen (bowls, trays etc.) around the room.

Give each child a bag. Have them step into the handle so it is on one leg and place the other handle on their arm. This represents the sacks on the back of a bee's leg that holds the pollen . (If that's too difficult for the child, let them put it on their arm). Have the children collect the pollen and bring back to the hive (select a place to be the hive like a big tub to place all the "pollen")

[Female bees have a structure on their legs that no other insects, including wasps, have: a pollen basket. The basket is made of rows of stiff hairs that arch to form a hollow space on the outside of the bees' legs, usually her back legs. When a bee visits a flower, she combs grains of pollen into her baskets. Pollen from the flower also sticks to the bee's hair. ~ San Diego Zoo]

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Make a Honey Comb

Using Pattern Blocks, let the children build their own honey comb.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bee Number Sequencing

Use these bee printable cards to work on number sequence, counting backwards, and one-to-one correspondence.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bee Color Match Game

Have students match the bees to the correct flower. For those learning their color names, students can match the bees to the correct color word.

  • Bee and Bug Game Ideas
    There is a listing of game ideas for various insects including bees. Ideas such as: Buggy Wuggy Dance, Bee Hive Game, and Queen Bee Game.
  • Online ABC Bee Letter Match Game
    Help the bee take the letters back to the bee hive in alphabetical order. Click on the flowers in alphabetical order to help the bee get the right letter.
  • Bee File Folder Color Match Game
    This is a color matching file folder game, where children match the color of the Bee stripes to the color of the flower petals.

Egg Carton Bee Craft

from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Letter B- Bee Craft from Totally Tots

Peanut Butter Honey Bees from Totally Tots

There are many bee printables out on the web, and I'll be adding the ones I feel will add value to an educational bee unit. This section will be updated frequently as I find new things or design new printables.

2 Teaching Mommies has created a fantastic printable unit all on bees!

You might also be interested in visiting my Preschool Science series on my blog.

Thanks for Buzzing by! I'd love to hear from you.

Susan Caplan McCarthy from Massachusetts, USA on February 21, 2014:

Great ideas. I do a lot of half-hour bee programs for preschoolers as a teacher-naturalist.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on October 22, 2013:

What a wonderful Bee Unit Study. I love all the ideas to use with materials normally found around your home or classroom. I am pinning this to my Bees board on Pinterest and will be recommending it to The Homeschool Club on Facebook. Thank you for collecting and presenting so many hands-on activities for learning about bees.

Shannon from Florida on May 24, 2013:

You've put together a great resource! I'm featuring this page on my Bee & Honey Lesson for Children. https://discover.hubpages.com/education/bee-lesson

mistaben on April 23, 2013:

Brilliant ideas! Thanks for a great lens.

anonymous on March 21, 2013:

Cute the bees themed stuff espacially the snacks, the kids will like them.

Rose Jones on October 04, 2012:

Very nice indeed, my kids would have definitely loved this when they were school aged. Bees are fascinating, my father was a beekeeper and he said "I am always learning something new."

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 31, 2012:

Those bee themed snacks are so cute!

printable-activitysheets on August 20, 2012:

really great. It is awesome and really kids love this tiny bees. They will love working around with this tiny creature like model.

jholland on April 20, 2012:

Great ideas. My three year old will love these activities.

BestRatedStuff on April 19, 2012:

Another beautifully done lesson lens.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on January 22, 2012:

Beautiful lens with a lot of useful info. May I say you are busy as a bee? ;)

Shannon from Florida on January 16, 2012:

Great ideas!!!

Barb McCoy on December 23, 2011:

Awesome lens and great activities and information. :)

seedplanter on September 16, 2011:

Fabulous lens! You've obviously got a heart for toddlers' needs and interests. Great job!

Senora M on August 19, 2011:

Cool lens. Lots of great stuff on here!! I need to use it for my little guys.

franstan lm on August 16, 2011:

I love this lens.

Donnette Davis from South Africa on July 14, 2011:

Hello :) I have linked this page to Download your squidoo.com/bees-and-wasps-thematic-unit-study :)

Janet2221 on May 28, 2011:

Wonderful lens! I have included this lens in the related pages section on my Bee Party lens. :)

anonymous on May 20, 2011:

This is terrific!!! Thank you!!!

Marika from Cyprus on April 29, 2011:

Oh these are great printables, thank you!

chicagoheather on April 17, 2011:

Thanks for all the links to the free downloads -- they're beeeautiful! :)

tandemonimom lm on April 05, 2011:

Adorable unit on bees! Blessed!

Barb McCoy on March 17, 2011:

I love your lens...so colorful and informative. I will be adding to my lensroll and giving a special blessing.

JeanJohnson LM on March 05, 2011:

liked this lens, good tips for kids

moonlitta on February 01, 2011:

Let me add some more blessings, they are never too much!

clouda9 lm on January 18, 2011:

Bee-utiful! My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

Lee Hansen from Vermont on October 14, 2010:

Adorable and fun learning activities about bees! *Blessed

LilliputStation on October 05, 2010:

Great ideas, and such a beautiful lens!

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on September 16, 2010:

Fabulous, as always. Colorful graphics, free printables, great craft ideas, and a cute kid as well! What's not to love on this lens?

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on September 16, 2010:

This is a wonderful lens, Spell Outloud! I used to be an elementary teacher, too, and have also taught preschool. These ideas will be very useful to those working with young children.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on September 16, 2010:

This is a great resource for preschoolers. Blessed.

Vacation-In-My-Head on September 16, 2010:

You gave me some great ideas that I can use with my daughter! I'm always looking for fun ways to help her learn, shes seems to retain the info more when we make a game of it! Thanks :-)

Related Articles