As a part of our October homeschool lesson plan, we spent a whole week learning about bees. I like to include two crafts per week in our lessons to spark creativity and invite more time for playful learning.
This craft is actually a fun combination of two separate crafts I had planned for our bee week. This honeycomb craft by Cuppa Crafts For Kids and this bumblebee popsicle stick craft by Kids Craft Room largely inspired my honeybee craft. Basically all of the same components are there, I just use slightly different materials to minimize waste.
As with all the crafts I share with you guys, there are tons of learning points to be discussed throughout the creating process. Be sure to read the whole post to get the entire honey bee craft and lesson.
Now let’s dive in!
Materials Need To Create Your Honey Bee Craft
To create the honeycomb portion of this craft, you will need:
3 Paper Towel Rolls (cut into 18 smaller pieces)
1 Sheet of Construction Paper
Hot Glue Gun
Orange And Yellow Paint
To create the honey bee portion of this craft, you will need:
Yellow And Black Paint
Black Construction Paper
As with any craft, these materials are completely editable. For example, if you don’t have pipe cleaner to make the antennae you can use scrap construction paper or toothpicks. Also, if you don’t have googley eyes, you can use paint or markers to draw them on.
There is plenty of room for creativity so don’t feel like you HAVE to go buy new materials if you don’t have these things at home. While it’s fun (and semi addicting) to have every crafting material under the sun, it’s not necessary.
Optional Prep Work
Before you begin assembly, there is some prep work needed to create this honey bee craft. It is up to you whether you choose to do it yourself or invite your children to help. The latter can be a great way to hone in on fine motor skills such as using scissors.
The first step is to cut your paper towel rolls into 6 sections each (giving you 18 pieces all together). I just eyeballed it and our sections came out a little wonky so if you like the perfected look, I would suggest measuring out sections first.
If you have an older child helping you, this could be a great time to teach them about using a ruler. If your children are comfortable with division, you can ask them to calculate where the halfway mark will be on each paper towel roll. Cutting paper towel rolls can be a bit tricky so be sure to stay close by if you decide to let them do the cutting as well.
The last bit of prep work I would suggest is to paint your popsicle sticks. This way they have time to dry while you are putting everything else together and the kids can play with them straight away.
Assembling The Honeycomb
After your prep work is completed, you are ready to start assembling your honey bee craft. I prefer to start with the honeycomb so the paint has time to dry while the bees are being assembled.
Start with one roll in the middle then staple or hot glue 6 rolls around the outside in the shape of a hexagon. Staple or glue the remaining rolls around the hexagonal shape to complete the honeycomb.
Don’t panic if your honeycomb comes out looking more like a circle than a hexagon. The rolls are very moldable so you can use your hands or a hard surface to help shape the sides to appear more flat.
After your honeycomb is shaped out, use hot glue to adhere it to a sheet of construction paper. We used yellow to go with the theme, but you can use whatever color you have available. After the glue sets, its time to paint then the honeycomb is complete.
Assembling The Honey Bee
While the paint is drying on the honeycomb, you can begin assembling your honey bees. As I mentioned before, it is nice to prep these ahead of time if you don’t have colored popsicle sticks so the paint can dry.
Start by allowing your child to paint on black stripes along the stick. While that is drying, have your child cut out the wings from black construction paper. The easiest way to make wings is fold the paper in half then draw a heart shape. When it is cut out and unfolded, you will have two wings that can easily be glued to the back of the popsicle stick.
After the paint is dry and the wings are fastened on, it’s time to glue on the antennae and eyes. I used hot glue for this part because I have a very low success rate getting those things to stick using Elmer’s glue. Once those are set, you have yourself a completed honeybee craft!
Talking And Learning Points While Crafting
Just like all the crafts I share with you guys, this craft has loads of amazing learning points for both the pre-K and first grade level.
Before we began assembling our craft, we read the book Look Inside A Bee Hive by Megan Cooley Peterson. This book taught us about how bees construct a hive and the various jobs a honey bee has throughout it’s life.
At the Pre-K level, we worked on identifying sight words during our story time. Before we read each page, I let my son take the book and point out every word he knows. He even learned the word bee as a new sight word.
During craft time, we worked on fine motor skills while painting the honeycomb and cutting out the wings. We also practiced counting skills using the combs and stripes on our bees.
At the First Grade level, my daughter practiced reading aloud during our story time. The book I mentioned was right at her reading level so she was able to read us the entire story.
During our craft time, we identified the different parts of a bee (antennae, eyes, wings, abdomen). We also had a small math lesson by asking simple counting questions (i.e. how many combs would we had if we added 10 more or took away 10).
After our honey bee craft was finished drying, we had a great time play learning. Each child chose their favorite honey bee job from the book and pretended to carry out their daily tasks.
My daughter chose to be a worker bee who feeds the baby bees nectar. My son pretended to be a guard bee and protected the hive from enemies (aka me).
After we finished play learning, we completed our lesson with language arts. At the Pre-K level, I had my son trace the word bee in his composition notebook. He also tried to write it a few times on his own.
I had my First Grader write a journal entry with the prompt “If I was a honey bee…”. She used the knowledge she learned about worker bees to guess what a day in their life might look like.
Bonus Honeybee Lessons
If you are a family who loves play learning, I highly encourage you to visit Scholastic’s Explore The World Of Honeybees lesson plan. The lesson has 7 interactive activities to help your children learn about the lives of bees.
The final bonus lesson I’ll suggest to supplement this honeybee craft is to watch Bee Movie. Yes, this is a silly DreamWorks movie staring Jerry Seinfeld. However, there is a wealth of information about bees and it’s presented in a really kid friendly way.
I hope you have a wonderful time recreating this honeybee craft and teaching your children about the fascinating world of bees. Let me know in the comments below what your favorite bee fact is. Even though we are finished with this lesson, our children are obsessed with bees now so we’d love to know!
If you decide to recreate this craft, feel free to tag me on IG @the.hippie.homeschooler or use the hashtag #craftyhippies. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I look forward to connecting with you again soon! Until next time. Peace out.