Poor little Noah got stung by a bee right in his play area in our home. We weren’t even outside! For the next week or so every day, he would go to the spot in the den where the bee was and he would say “bee” over and over again until we acknowledged him and reassured him that the bee was no longer there. So I thought it was time that we learn about bees and make a bee craft!
With this art project Emma and Noah learned…
- the colors yellow and black
- what a bee is and the sound a bee makes
- how to finger paint
- placement of strips for the bee, eye placement, and wing placement
For this bee arts and crafts project, we had the kids finger paint a piece of construction paper the color yellow. After it dried we cut it out in the shape of a bee’s body. We had a white wing, one black eye, and the strips already cut and had the children place them where they thought they should be. We had a large picture of a bee for the kids to follow to help them.
Sometimes, as parents or grandparents we want to “fix” things and move things where the children have placed them into the correct or right place. I know how tempting that is, as I teach children to sew, knit, quilt, and make their own clothes for a living. But, it is important that we allow the child to create and learn on their own, and leave their placements be, even if they are way off of where they should be.
Later we glued everything down firmly and once the glue dried we cut off any access of black strips that were hanging down past the bee’s body.
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED:
- yellow finger paint
- black construction paper
- white construction paper
You can turn your bumble bee craft into a woodland insect mobile project too!
I hope I inspired you all to make this adorable bumble bee craft with your kids or your grandkids! This was our very first arts and crafts project together so I am very pleased with how the twins did their placements and painting for this being their very first project. I especially love how we turned it into a woodland insect mobile for their woodland nursery!