We have been all abuzz with our Bee related crafts and learning.
After learning about Bees I must say I feel a certain kinship to the female worker bees - they are a lot like us Mamas! :)
2 Great Books we read:
Are You a Bee? (Backyard Books) by Judy Allen - I have really been enjoying this entire series about insects. They have one for the butterfly, bee, ant, spider, grasshopper, ladybug and dragonfly. The book gives many facts in a fun kid friendly way. If you have not read them - I highly recommend them. A great way to introduce scientific facts via storytelling.
In the Trees, Honey Bees! by Lori Mortensen - full of wonderful facts and amazing illustrations this was probably my favorite book of the week! I learned so much from it and the girls were enthralled with the full page, colorful llustrations. A gem of a book.
After looking at some books with pictures of beehives and honeycomb I let the girls use our pattern blocks to make a beehive. This was a great way to introduce the concept of what I wanted them to do for our craft.
The Craft: Honeycomb Art & Fingerprint Bees
What You Need:
blue construction paper
yellow and black paint
black permanent marker
markers or crayons in various colors
What To Do:
1. Glue honeycomb cereal onto paper to make a beehive. I started by telling the Lil Divas they would be desigining their own beehive using the honeycomb cereal.
They took a moment to think about their design and then the fun began.
The Oldest Diva went to work making a beehive shape
The Littlest Diva did a bit more snacking than gluing
but she eventually got into the project too
Here is the Oldest Diva's design:
and the Littlest Diva's design:
Now to add some honeybees!
2. Dip thumb into yellow paint and add to paper wherever they would like a bee. I started by having them pick the number of bees they wanted on their picture. They each chose their age for their number so we had 4 & 5 bees to make.
3. Then I used their pointer finger to make the head by dipping it in black paint and pressing on top of the yellow thumbprint body.
Here is what they looked like after the fingerprinting:
4. Let the paint dry and then use your black marker to add stripes, wings and antennas (see below)
5. Add scenery/details to picture as desired
6. Behold your Honeycomb & Fingerprint Art - so cute!
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