Celebrate the tiny, but mighty bumble bee with these adorable bee crafts for kids. Crafting is a great way for young children to not only get creative, but learn about nature. These easy bee crafts use basic materials and are so much fun for kids of all ages.
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Get ready to learn about these important insects in fun hands on ways. Whether you are looking for a way to celebrate World Bee Day or just looking for some cute bumble bee craft this post is for you.
Simple Bumble Bee Art Projects
Being a mom has taught me that sometimes the simplest things are the best things. These insect crafts encourage kids to be creative without being complicated projects.
Complete them in the summer months while observing bees in real life. Or during the winter when you and your kids are dreaming about the warm summer sunshine.
You may be inspired to make a few yourself. Who said the kids get to have all of the fun?
Using Basic Supplies
Before we get into the crafts, lets look at a few basic supplies that you can use to create bee crafts with your little ones.
Crafts don't have to be complicated. Especially crafts for kids. Look around to see what supplies you already have on hand.
Bumblebee's Body, Wings, and Antennae
Make a bee's body using wooden clothespins, toilet paper rolls, craft sticks, fabric, or even just plain paper.
Use white paper, bubble wrap, or even thread to create a bee's wings. Turn wire or pipe cleaners into a bee's antennae. Or leave off the antennae to make the crafts even easier for little hands to create.
If you are doing a paper based craft you will need a paper of choice along with a coloring supply. Paper based bee crafts include, a bee garden scene, greeting card and bee stamping.
This list includes both types of crafts. I love to provide a variety to give you different options in case you don't have a specific item on hand.
The list even includes a sewing activity perfect for practicing embroidery.
Now, let's get to the bee crafts!
Easy Clothespin Bees
These cute clothes spin bees are super simple for kids to create. Draw your own free hand bumble bees with paint, markers, or art supply of choice.
You will also need wooden clothespins and clear tape.
Or for a guided drawing, use the honey bee coloring page. A free printable template can be found at the end of this post.
After the insects are colored in, simply cut them out with scissors. Then attach a wooden clothespin to the back using tape or glue.
To create a sturdier bee use heavy weight paper like card stock. I printed off the bee coloring page on regular printer paper and painted it using watercolor paints.
Children can then have fun clipping the wooden clothespins around the house or yard. For a fun interactive activity, encourage your kids to go on a bee hunt to find all of their adorable bumble bee creations.
Paper Plate Bee Craft
Paper plate crafts are a great way to use up some extra plates you have hanging around from a party or camping trip.
For this craft, create stripes using a medium of choice. I used oil pastels, they are my new obsession. Similar to crayons, but you can blend the colors together.
Before folding the paper plate, cut out the bee's wings. White construction paper or card stock make perfect wings.
I used the leftover glitter card stock from the bee weaving craft which is described later on in this post.
Then have your kids fold the plate in half. To attach the two halves together, I used a hole punch to create holes.
Then weave embroidery floss through the holes. Tie the floss at either end to keep it in place.
Either hole punch then weave the bee's wings or attach them using clear tape.
If you did not have embroidery floss an easy way to keep the plate folded in half is to simply use a stapler.
It would be so much fun for kids to create different sized paper plate bees using plates with different diameters. A fun way to tie in math to this art activity!
Little Busy Bees Pencil Caps
These pen or pencil decorations are perfect for young craft enthusiasts. Use a heavy weight paper such as card-stock or watercolor paper. I used watercolor paper.
Then hand draw a few bees. Next cut them out with scissors. Attach them to the pencil using hot glue.
Low temperature glue guns are a better choice than high temperature. However, even the low temp ones get very hot. Always supervise when using hot glue. For young children, let them do the coloring, but attach the bees for them.
I simply used oil pastels on watercolor paper to draw these cute little bees. There is something about using something besides the typical crayons that makes any craft more special.Never loose your pencils again with these adorable bumble bee toppers.
Egg Carton Bumble Bee Craft
This fun craft goes along perfectly with the bumble bee pencil caps. If you are looking for a fun way to store the pencils, this is it.
Simply cut a cardboard egg carton in half. This creates a holder for two pencils.
Then color in the inside of the egg carton in shades of yellow to create a honeycomb.
In the example, I used different shades of yellow, white, and orange oil pastels. Use crayons, markers or paint to color in the circles.
Fine motor skill practice for younger kids is an added bonus of this craft activity. It is both fun and challenging for little hands to color all the way down into the holes.
This egg carton honeycomb was so easy to create. If you are looking to keep it low mess, that is possible with this craft.
And yes, it does hold up the pencils without any additional support. Plus, kids can store treasures within the honeycomb pockets.
This honeybee craft project is perfect for both little kids and older children.
Toilet Paper Roll Bee Craft
Another version of a clothespin bee clip is to create ones out of toilet paper rolls. I also cut paper towel rolls to make bees of varying sizes. Really, you can use any type of cardboard tubing.
For this craft I used non-toxic acrylic paint. I will warn you, painting a cardboard roll is very messy.
This would be a fun project to complete outside. Or simply, color them using a less messy art supply.
You will need white paint, black paint, yellow paint along with at least one paint brush. Scissors, hot glue and a low temp glue gun, along with the cardboard rolls.
Make the bee's body out of a toilet roll. For the wings, cut out a scrap piece of cardboard. Then use white paint to make the wings white. Iridescent white paint would be fun to use for the wings.
You can also use white construction paper to create the bee's wings.
To attach the wings and wooden clothes spin, use a low temp hot glue gun. Always supervise young children and help them with the gluing if needed.
Even though these were messy to create, I think they are really cute. I can imagine children clipping them around a kids craft room or homeschooling room.
The cardboard roll creates a really fun 3D effect that you don't get when you just use paper.
If your child wanted to hang them instead of clipping them simply hot glue string or fishing line instead of the clothespin.
Bumble Bee Coloring Pages
Kids of all ages enjoy printable coloring pages. Color these bee themed sheets using colored pencils, crayons, or any supply of their choice.
For a fun take on coloring, bring them outside and use watercolor paint. Who says you have to use crayons or colored pencils on coloring sheets?
Then have kids cut out the honey bees and use them for bee art projects. The clothespin bees in the first craft are made using this honeybee coloring page.
The free downloadable PDF coloring sheets are at the end of the post. If you are looking for more bee coloring pages, check out this post for additional coloring pages.
Cute Bee Embroidery Craft
This cute bee craft is definitely my favorite one. Well, it might be a toss up between this one and the pencil toppers!
Embroidery can be intimidating, but its actually really easy.This craft is perfect for an elementary aged child or older. Older kids can get creative and plan out a drawing on plain paper before embroidering.
Embroidery floss is easier to see and weave versus regular thread. Use large needle to help little hands complete the craft.
Simply pick up a fat quarter of fabric from the fabric store in a color of choice. I picked out a pretty yellow and white floral print.
Kids can also embroider a cute little bee directly onto a pair of jeans, a hat, or scrap fabric. I would have loved adding a cute little bee to a jean pocket as a kid.
If your background is not yellow you will want some yellow embroidery floss to go along with the black and white floss. I used the thread to create black stripes and white thread for the bee's wings.
To keep the fabric flat and create a smooth work surface, I picked up a small wooden embroidery hoop. Even if you have to pick up the supplies for this craft, they were really inexpensive.
The hoop, leftover fabric, and embroidery floss can all be saved and used for future projects. Overall, this craft was mess free and took about thirty minutes from start to finish. If your child is really into sewing, they will love this easy project.
Bumble Bee Garden
If you are looking for a simple bumble bee art project, this is it. Simply use a large piece of poster board or cardboard for your base. Then have your kids free hand a bumble bee garden using black sharpie.
The back marker creates the outline of the scene similar to the way a coloring page is designed. Older kids can draw the scene themselves while younger children will need some help.
Head outside to the garden to get inspiration and ideas. How fun would it be to create several of these beautiful scenes? I can see kids spending hours outside working on this simple craft project.
After the scene is created using black marker, color it in. I used watercolor paint to color in the bumble bee garden. Watercolor is great because the paint is translucent enough to let the sharpie marks still show.
However, any type of kid safe paint can be used. Markers, oil pastels, chalk pastels, or colored pencils can also be used. What I love about his craft is that kids can make it their own using whatever style they prefer.
Busy Bee Stamping
If you are looking for a really easy craft for your preschooler, this is it. Young children love using stamps. Of course, older children will also enjoy this art project. I found a bee stamp which is prefect for this activity at a local craft store.
To go along with the bee I picked up some alphabet stamps. Not only will toddlers be able to practice fine motor skills, but letter sense.
Letter stamps can be used for all types of arts and craft activities. You can even use them when recording in a nature journal.
The small individual letters can be combined to create any word that you like. Kids can stamp the words bee and buzz to go along with the bumble bees.
Give your child the freedom to play around with the stamps to create their own unique art creation. Together you can make a homemade greeting card for a friend or loved one. This one truly is both simple and easy. I can envision kids spending a lot of time creating their own unique stamped creations.
Handmade Bee Thumbprints
This craft is fun if you like the idea of making a card, but are looking for a different way to create bees without a stamp. Thumbprint bees are fun and easy to create.
Simply paint yellow watercolor paint onto your thumb. Then press and roll to make your own prints. Once the paint dries, add stripes and wings.
Watercolor paint is a good choice over acrylic as it washes off without leaving a residue. There is also less chance of staining clothes and surfaces with watercolor paint.
To make yours like the example, add the stripes and bee's wings using colored pencils. Kids of all ages will enjoy creating their own thumbprint bees.
Once the front dries, add a few more cute little bees to the inside along with a quote. Thank you for bee-ing you, would be cute for the inside of a gratitude card.
Grandparents, parents, friends, or even neighbors love receiving handmade cards. I know from personal experience that the homemade ones are cherished and often saved for years. We have gotten into the habit of making all of our birthday and anniversary cards for the last few years.
Bee Flower and Rock Painting
Surprise, this is another watercolor paint craft! I know, I am really into using watercolor paints lately. Watercolors are so easy to use and they let kids (and adults) feel like true artists.
To create these cute little bees, use a piece of slate instead of watercolor paper. Kids love getting outside and being in nature as much as possible.
Create these cute little bumble bees using a combination of black and white paint along with yellow flower petals.
Now, these are not permanent creations, but I think it is fun to create things that don't last forever sometimes.
Of course you could apply glue to the undersides of the flower petals if you wanted them to stay in place permanently.
I think older kids would enjoy trying to finish these before the breeze comes and takes them away.
This craft would be great for elementary, middle school aged, and up. Toddlers may have a hard time arranging the petals.
However, I think toddlers really enjoy picking off petals from flowers. Little ones can help identify yellow flowers and pick off the petals.
A great way to get outside, have fun creating, while observing bees in their natural habitats.
Honeycomb DIY Journal Cover
This DIY journal was made using watercolor paper, honeycomb scrapbook paper, a hand held hole punch, and yellow embroidery floss.
Kids love journaling whether it is safe place to write down their thoughts or used as a formal nature journal.
For a bee themed touch, pick out yellow honeycomb scrapbook paper. Or create your own cover using construction paper and bee stamps.
To keep with the bee theme, head outside for a bee hunt. Create a hand drawn bee garden scene to go along with a poem or quote.
The last bee craft was inspired by preschool weaving cards. You know the ones that encourage young children to weave laces through holes. I thought it would be fun to create a DIY version.
|White Paper||Clear Tape|
|Yellow Embroidery Thread||Hole Punch|
If scrapbook paper is not available, you can use card stock and construction paper. To make them sturdy, I would recommend gluing down black construction paper to plain card stock.
To add a little sparkle, I used white paper with glitter on it. It's hard to tell in the photograph, but it add a little shimmer in real life.
To make the bee's body cut out the shape using thick black paper. Then use a hole punch to make holes around the body.
Attach embroidery floss to the back of the bee using clear tape. Begin weaving the thread through the holes to create stripes.
The image above shows the back of the bee once the weaving is complete. Simply use clear plastic tape to hold the ends of the string in place.
Attach the bee's wings using an other piece of clear tape.
Kids can easily turn these into a DIY bee magnet by adding a magnet to the back.
Importance of Bees
Hopefully these simple and easy bee crafts will inspire you and your kids to learn about the importance of bees. Make these outside or visit a local wildlife habitat to see bees in their natural habitat.
As I sit outside editing this post, I have lost track of the number of bees that are visiting the flowers growing in the garden and lawn. Several different species can be observed even in a backyard habitat.
Summer Activities for Kids
These creative activities are perfect to pair with summer themed learning resources for kids. These resources are written in collaboration with this post from two wonderful blogging friends.
Both of these women are not only amazing female bloggers, but homeschooling moms!
How do you learn about bees with your kids? Let us know in the comments below!
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