I can’t take credit for the craft. It was a project that Riley brought home from daycare, but it was too cute not to share! Her class spent the last week learning all about different insects, highlighting one each day. This day they learned about bees and nurtured the experience with a honeycomb craft using honeycomb cereal. Clever!
What you’ll need:
Construction paper; whatever color you’d like. I suggest not using black or yellow since the bees would then blend into the background.
Black and yellow markers. If you don’t think you can draw an adequate bee (which is the case for me) then try stickers.
One box of Honeycomb cereal
1) Glue Honeycomb cereal pieces in the center of the paper to create one large honeycomb.
2) Draw bees (or stick bee stickers) around the honeycomb.
Nurture the experience:
Let’s learn about bees! It’s summertime, so there is no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of bees flying around. What are the differences between the types of bees that your little one will be seeing? Why are some bees large and fluffy and the others are small and skinny? What is a hive, and what is the hive’s purpose? Start talking with your child about the differences while using the proper words to describe them. Spend some time on Google exploring different videos about bees to help put it in context for your child. Some good videos include:
Or, if you prefer to read, these fiction and nonfiction books are great at getting the conversation started.
This book is targeted for beginning readers with simple words and sentences. This is a nonfiction piece with large, vibrant pictures. It will help your little ones get an up-close look at bees without the danger of the stinger!
After your child’s first bee sting, it is likely that she will not be as fond of these little insects as she once was, but what if there were no bees? This book takes the journey of what would happen to the ecosystem if there were no more bees. While also making a connection to science, you can also make this an empathy lesson. We may not always like certain animals or individuals, but each has its place and purpose.