Bee Activities for Preschoolers or Kindergarten

Bee Activities for Preschoolers or Kindergarten
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Bee Books

Here is a short list of popular books on bees.

Buzzy and the Bumblebee by Denise Brennan-Nelson, 2003

What If There Were No Bees? A Book About The Grassland Ecosystem by Suzanne Slade, 2010

The Bee Book by DK and Emma Tennant, 2016

The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci, 1997

The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons, 2000

Next, get out the art cart and engage your students in these bee crafts.

Buzzy Bee Puppet

This cute cardboard puppet can be manipulated by inserting two fingers into the tube. Use this while singing songs or acting out finger plays.

You will need:

  • Cardboard toilet tube
  • Yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black tape
  • Heavy-duty glue
  • White paper
  • Black marker
  • Safety scissors


  1. Invite your students to paint the cardboard tube yellow. Think about using a spring-type clothespin as a holder while painting. Let this tube dry thoroughly.
  2. Fold in the sides of the one end and glue these ends shut. This will become the bee’s face.
  3. Make two sets of stripes on the bee’s body. Use black adhesive tape for this part.
  4. Take white paper and cut out a small rectangle. With the black marker, draw two eyes together. Then, draw and cut out two wings. Glue these body parts to the bee puppet.

A Nectar Necklace

Bees are well known for collecting nectar and pollinating flowers. Engage the kids in stringing a necklace with flowers and bee beads.

You will need:

  • Art foam in a variety of colors
  • Wooden or plastic beads in yellow
  • Black permanent marker
  • Yarn
  • Safety scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Tape


  1. Make flowers using the art foam. Trace around a flower template and then cut out these shapes. Punch a hole in the center of each flower.
  2. Take yellow beads and draw black stripes around the circle with a permanent marker. Now the yellow beads look like bumblebees.
  3. For the necklace, cut a length of yarn to fit around the child’s neck with extra length to place this circle over the head easily.
  4. Take plastic tape and wrap a small piece around the one end of the yarn to replicate a needle. This makes stringing the beads and flowers easier.
  5. String on a few flowers and then a bee bead, then more flowers. Continue this process until the necklace is as full as the child would like.
  6. Tie the end with a knot and a bow.

Finger-Painted Bees

Watch the bees travel in and out of their hive with this picture. Have your students use their fingertips to make bumblebees.

You will need:

  • Blue cardstock or heavy-duty construction paper
  • Yellow paint
  • Paper plate
  • Green, brown, and orange construction paper
  • Black fine-tip marker
  • Glue
  • Safety scissors


  1. Begin by drawing and cutting out a brown tree trunk and green treetop. Glue these onto the blue cardstock.
  2. Next, cut out a beehive shape from orange paper and have it hanging from the tree or near the tree trunk. Glue this in place.
  3. Place a dollop of yellow paint into a paper plate. Instruct the children to dip their fingertip into the paint and then press it onto the blue paper to make a print. Make several prints around the beehive.
  4. The black marker can make bee stripes and wings on each yellow print.

Use these crafts in conjunction with other bee-related activities this season. Check out these bee theme articles on Bright Hub Education.

Busy Bees: A Theme for Preschool Students

Sweet Ideas for a Preschool Honey Theme


  • Craft photos by Tania K Cowling, all rights reserved
  • Personal experience teaching in an early childhood class
  • Book photo courtesy of