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.
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:
bouncy balls, ping pong balls or pom poms
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.
from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- Bee Stick Puppets
Printable bees that the children can color and glue onto a popsicle stick to make a puppet. Five little bees Up in the trees Busy, buzzing bumblebees First they go to a flower Then they go to the hive Then they make some honey What a busy family of
- Bee Theme Printables from First-School
Several printables such as Letter B tracer page, bee craft and online storytime.
- Bee Crafts and Printables from Danielle's Place
Lots of cute ideas here: Craft Spoon Bee Craft, Plaster Bee Craft, Bee Balloon Decoration and more.
- Toliet Paper Roll Bee
Try this easy and inexpensive craft made from a TP roll. Your kids will be busy bees flying these around. Recycled crafts from toilet paper rolls means loads of fun!
- Thumb-Print Bees w/ a Bible lesson
A craft that reminds kids that they're someone special with Jesus.
- Bumblebees from Teach Preschool
Our three year olds made the sweet little construction paper bumblebees!
- Craft Stick Bee Bookmark Â« Bee
This is such a cute craft! We can make an interesting bee bookmark using a craft stick.
- Footprint Bee
An adorable painted footprint bee!
- Foam Bee Fridge Magnet / Note Holder
Similar to the bookmark bee but turned into a magnet. Very cute!
- Learning and Teaching With Preschoolers: Bee Finger Puppet
This little finger puppet is made from a dish glove. Very clever!
- Bumblee Bee Wands and Bee Birthday Party Favors
Amy from We Teach shares several adorable bee crafts that she used at her daughter's bee-themed birthday party.
- Bumblebee Waterbottles
Here's an interesting way to repurpose plastic waterbottles---turn them into bumblebee shakers!
- Peanut Butter Honey Bees
This is a deliciously cute bee snack from Jolanthe at Totally Tots.
- Bee Cake Pops
These are so cute! Would be great for a bee-themed birthday party.
- Bee sugar cookies
A tutorial on how to make bee-shaped sugar cookies. They look fantastic!
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.
- HSPrintables ABC Themes
Look under letter b for printable bee coloring pages, color sort, number match and more.
- Bee Printables from Coloring Castle
There are several coloring sheets in the collection, but I like the coloring page of the bee hive the best. You could print that on yellow cardstock and use it as a base for a game or art project.
- Bee Bible-themed printables from A Kid's Heart
There are activities, games, coloring pages, and clip art - both for online fun and print and play.
- Bee Safe - Safety Coloring Pages
Using a bee-theme, teachers can teach children several different safety principles such as:Always Wear Sunscreen, Always Wear a Seatbelt, Check Smoke Detector Batteries Often and more.
- Enchanted Learning: Simple Honey Bee Print-out
A non-cutesy coloring page of a bee.
- Bee Bag from Nature Detectives
A printable bee bag perfect for taking on a nature hike.
- Printable Bee Plane from Nature Dectives
Have your own swarm of bees flying in your classroom! Cute idea.
- WordWorld - Where Words Come Alive
Click WordFriend Coloring Sheet 1 and scroll to the second picture: in WordWorld fashion, there is a bee in word/picture format.
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:
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 :-)