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Friday, June 3, 2011

Honeycomb Art & Fingerprint Bees

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:
Honeycomb cereal
glue
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!



Bern
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23 comments:

  1. That is such a brilliant idea, Bern. My kids are terrified of bees (I believe I was part to blame). Endless possibilities with math too! You know I will be doing this one!

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  2. Wonderful idea. I can't wait to try this one with the kiddos.

    ~Steph

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  3. What a cute little craft! And I love the "Are you a..." series too, although I don't think we've read this one. Both books sound great! I'm here from Little Sprout Books. :)

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  4. What a cute craft project, great for a rainy day! I am stopping by and saying hi and congratulating you on the #2 spot at Peaches Reviews hop, way to go! :) Have a great weekend!

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  5. Left a comment about this under your giveaway! Scrolled down to far! Love this!

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  6. Always love new crafts!! Will be trying this one out and linking back to you :)

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  7. Love your Bee craft - what a fantastic idea! I'm not sure we have that brand of cereal here in Australia, but will now have to keep an eye out for it! The books look lovely - more to add to our ever growing bee book collection!

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  8. What a cute art project with using the honey comb cereal - love it! I also like how you had the girls use the pattern blocks to make a beehive.

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  9. I love that you're doing these projects. I am bookmarking them for rainy days, that is if it ever rains here again. Lol. Or maybe days when it is just too hot out. It is only the beginning of June and we are already almost up to 100 degrees every day here in the south. So hot. Thanks.

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  10. Very adorable hive and bee craft! We read a neat bee picture book last month called "Jam & Honey" written from both the point of view of a bee and a little girl.

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  11. Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. This post counts as an entry in Summer Reading Challenge.

    Your thumbprints bees and hives are so cute.

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  12. Oh, they are soooo proud of their work :) Thanks for adding this post to last week's High paw Bernadette! :)

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  13. Such cute art projects!!! I definitely want to do these with my nephew. Thanks so much for sharing...I love bees (except for the bumble bees, they are cute but too loud and scare me)

    Also, now I want to eat some Honeycombs! Nothing like a bowl of cereal in the afternoon : )

    But it might spoil my dinner. : (

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  14. Fun idea! I love thumbprint art! I am back again today with my child centered art party. Hope you will come back and join us.

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  15. I've done something like this only I used a simple printed pattern of a bee hive and had them fill in with the Honeycomb. I also used striped craft chenille wire and twisted small pieces into a sorta-like bee shape!

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  16. add to above..lol Thanks for your great ideas!

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  17. That was so much fun!!!! My kids loved it. Thanks for another FANTASTIC idea!

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  18. I am homeschooling and was struggling to find a good way to make a honey comb. This really helped. Thank you for putting it out there.

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