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Free Bee Candy Dish Craft for Kids

This craft is great to use at a party with a bug or bee theme. Place sweet honey candy, Honey Nut Cheerios, or Honey Comb Cereal in the bowl.

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What you will need:

7 3/8" Plastic or Paper Bowls

Card Stock (Thick Paper)

Crayons

Black Paint

Scissors

Glue

How to Make a Bee Candy Dish:

1. Print out the pattern onto white card stock. Color the bees face, and cut out the patterns.

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2. Paint the paper or plastic bowl or use one that is already black or yellow. Glue the antennae to the head and the head onto one side of the bowl. Glue on the legs and feet. Cut a stinger from black construction paper and glue it to the bowl.

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Foam Bee Pin Craft for Kids

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What you will need:

Yellow, white, and black craft Foam-Sheets

3/4" Black Pom Poms

Black Chenille Stems

Wiggle Eyes

Low Temp Mini Glue Gun

Straight pins

Adhesive Bar Safety Pins

How to Make a Foam Bee Pin Craft:

1. Cut 1/4" x 6" strips from the black and yellow craft foam sheets. Place one strip on top of the other and roll them together. Glue them together as you go. Use straight pins to hold the strips in place as you roll. Stick the straight pins through the layers from the sides to hold them together until they dry or use a low temp. hot melt glue gun.

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2. Once the glue on the body is dry, glue a black pompom to the side of the circle where the strips end. Glue on googly eyes and chenille stems for the antennae.

3. Cut two wing shapes from white craft foam and glue them to the back of the body.

4. To finish stick a self-sticking pin back to the back of the bee.

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More Bee Crafts and Activities from Bug Buddies Study

 

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This Christian-based set of studies introduces children to variety of amazing insects. Each lesson emphasizes a Biblical concept relating it to a specific insect, and encourages children to dig deeper and learn more about insects. They are child-directed, designed to get them questioning and digging for the answers, and encourages them to use their creativity. These studies do not throw out a lot of facts which your child is expected to memorize. Children learn through investigation, hands-on activities, games, repetition, and creating. Children can create file folder books for each study to help them remember and categorize what they have learned. Children will enjoy looking back at what they have learned, and sharing it with others.

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Craft Spoon Bee Refrigerator Magnet Craft for Kids

How to Make a Craft Spoon Bee:

1. Paint a craft spoon yellow and let it dry.

2. Cut a pipe cleaner about two inches long and fold it in half. Glue it onto the back of the craft spoon with a low temperature glue gun.

3. Glue tiny black pompoms on to the ends of the antennae, or just fold the ends down.

4. Wind pipe cleaners around the craft spoon to make the body.

5. Cut heart-shaped wings from craft foam and glue it to the back of the bee.

6. To finish draw a face on the bee with a permanent marker and glue on wiggle eyes.

7. To finish glue a magnet to the back of the bee.

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Other Bee Crafts from "God's Masterpiece" Sunday School Lesson on The Resource Room

 

 

Bee Balloon Party Decoration Craft for Kids

Bee Balloon Party Decoration Craft for Kids

What you will need:

Two Large Yellow Balloons

Yellow and Black Tissue Paper

Paper Glue (rubber cement)

Black Permanent Marker

Black Pipe Cleaner

Small Black Pompoms

Tape

Black Heavy Duty Tthread

How to Make a Bee Balloon:

1. Blow up the two yellow balloons, one half the size of the other. Glue them together using rubber cement pressing the two rounded ends together. To glue together paint the rubber cement on each of the balloons and let dry for a few seconds and then press together.

2. Cut a strip of black tissue paper about 4" wide and tape around the center of the body. Cut two large circles of black tissue paper. Use a plate to trace around. Cut into the circles and cut out the center. Place one circle around the neck of the bee like a collar. Cut off any extra tissue paper and tape the tissue paper down. Do the same at the bottom of the bee.

3. Crinkle up a sheet of yellow tissue paper bringing the long side of the tissue paper together to form wings. Tape at the center. Cut the wings to the right size. Tape them to the back of the bee at the neck area.

4. Fold a black pipe cleaner in half, glue a pompom to each end of the pipe cleaner, and wrap it around the knot on the top of the bees head.

5. Draw on eyes and a mouth with a black permanent marker.

6. Tie a piece of thread to the top of the head to hang the bee.

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Beehive Piñata or Decoration

This beehive can be used as a piñata or just a decoration. If you want to use it as a decoration you don't have to do the paper mache. Just tape the tissue paper to a white balloon.

Behive Pinata Party Game Craft

What you will need:

News print paper (the stuff used in packaging)

White Craft Glue

Large Round Balloon

Petroleum Jelly

Paint

White Tissue Paper

Tape

Strong Nylon String

Yellow Paper

Scissors

Heavy Duty Thread

How to make a beehive piñata:

1. To prepare: Rip up news print paper to about 1" by 3" strips.

2. Blow up the balloon to the size you want the beehive to be. Smear petroleum jelly all over the balloon and place it in a bowl that has also been smeared with petroleum jelly. The bowl should be big enough to fit only about 1/4 of the balloon in. The bowl will hold the balloon in place and keep it from rolling around while you work.

3. Cover your work area with old newspapers or a plastic drop cloth.

4. Prepare the glue mixture in a medium size bowl. To start mix 1/4 cup glue with 1/2 cup water.

5. Soak some of your paper strips in the glue mixture for a minute or two. Remove one strip at a time pulling the strips between your fingers to get rid of any excess glue and place them on the balloon to form the beehive. (It is important not to use too much glue or it will take too long to dry). Cover the whole balloon with one layer of newspapers overlapping them slightly so that there are no holes. When you have finished the first layer place the balloon with the bowl in a warm place to dry overnight. Repeat this process. Wind your nylon string around the balloon a couple of times ending with both ends of the string at the top of the balloon. You may have to tape the string in place. Cover the entire balloon again a few times. When all the layers have dried thoroughly, remove the balloon from the bowl and punch a hole in it so that the air is released. Remove the balloon carefully.

6. Cut 2" strips of white tissue paper. Starting in the middle of the beehive tape the tissue paper around the hive. Add new layers overlapping slightly as you work your way to the top and bottom of the hive.

7. Fill the beehive with candy. For a special effect, wrap each piece of candy with yellow Handi-wrap twisting the ends to make them look like bee wings.

8. Cover a long broom handle with brown twisted tissue paper. Twist some extra pieces of brown tissue paper to make some extra branches. Glue the branches to the broom handle. Cut out leaves from green tissue paper and glue them to the end of the branches.

9. Print out the Bee Pattern onto bright yellow paper. Cut out the bees and glue them to the beehive. Hang some bees from thread. Glue two bees together so that you can see the bee from both sides.

10. Use as a piñata or hang the beehive in a flag post near your door.

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Pompom Bee Craft for Kids

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What you will need:

Black and Yellow Yarn

Poster board or card board from a cereal box

Black Chenille Stems

Yellow felt or Foam-Sheets

Wiggle Eyes

Pom Pom Maker - (Optional)

You can buy plastic pom pom makers in several different designs.

The Clover Small Pom Pom Maker allows you to wind one half of the donut shape at a time so you don't have to poke the yarn through hole, but it does take some maneuvering. You can see a video on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2Ma-hgQIDU.

The Susan Bates Easy Wrap Pom Pom Maker is a little easier to use because the two sides of the pom pom are wrapped separately. Wrapping only one half of the circle saves a lot of time because you don't have to poke the yarn through the hole in the center of the donut shape. You can see a demonstration using this pom pom maker on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaSqTUgFHi4.

SUSAN BATES has another pompom maker that is just plastic circles with a ridge in the middle. They are used the same way as the directions above.

 

How to Make a Pom Pom Bee:

How to Make Your Own Pom Poms Without a Pom Pom Maker:

1. Draw two three-inch circles onto card board (Card board from cereal boxes work well.) or the size you would like your pom poms. Then draws circles inside the two circles. The bigger the inside circle the thicker your pom poms will come out.

2. Cut out the inside circles to make donut shapes.

3. Place the two donut shapes together and wind long pieces of yarn through the holes in the donut shapes and around the outside until you have fill up the hole with yarn. To keep the yarn ends secure just wind the yarn around the ends until the ends are covered by the yarn. Add new lengths of yarn the same way.

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Cover the entire donut shape with yellow yarn and then cover the yellow yarn with black yarn. Alternate the colors until you fill in the hole.

4. When you have the hole filled up with yarn cut around the outside edge of the donut shape with sharp scissors all the way down to the card board.

5. Separate the two donut shapes and insert a piece of yarn between the shapes. Tie the yarn pulling it as tight as you can.

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6. Cut the card board shapes and pull them away from the pom pom. Trim any pieces of yarn that are sticking out too far.  Trim the ball to be a little pointy at one end. This is the bees tail where his stinger is located.

7. To save time you can cut the donut shapes so that they aren't complete circles. In this way you will just slip the yarn through the cut slit instead of inserting the yarn through the hole. See this YouTube video for a demonstration of this technique.

8. Make the bee's head in the same manner using yellow yarn except use a two-inch donut instead of a 3-inch donut. I added a little bit of black, but it isn't necessary.

6. When the head is finished hot melt glue it onto the body. Glue on eyes and pipe cleaner antennae. Glue on a nose and mouth if desired.

7. See how many other creatures you can make using pompoms in this manner.

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Good Books About Bees

The Bee Tree

Read "The Bee Tree" by Patricia Polacco

A little girl, tired of reading, wants to go outside and play. Her grandfather uses the opportunity to teach his granddaughter the importance of reading by taking her on a hunt for a bee tree.

The little girl learns that just as there is sweetness in honey, there is sweetness inside a book too.

Her grandfather says, "Adventure, knowledge, and wisdom don't come easily. You have to pursue them. Just like we ran after the bees to find their tree, so you must also chase these things through the pages of a book!

The Bible has many verses about the advantages of gaining wisdom and knowledge. You can use this book to open a discussion about the important of studying God's Word and relate it to the sweetness of honey.

"Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you , there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off." Proverbs 24:14

"More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb." Ps. 19:10

 

 

Bee Games and Activities

 

"Beeline" Game (Learn the Names of Common Flowers)

You will need different kinds of flowers cut from paper (use clip art) or artificial silk flowers. You can use more than one of each kind of flower. Before the game review with the children what each type of flower is called. Place the flowers all over the room. Have the children buzz around the room acting like bees. When you call out the name of a flower the bees look for that type of flower, grab it up, and make a "beeline" to the hive (finish line). The first child to make it to the hive with the right kind of flower wins. (Learning moment. After a bee locates nectar and fills itself up with it, he takes off in a straight line back to the hive or makes a "beeline" to the hive.)

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Carry Nectar Back to the Hive Relay Game

Talk about how bees and other insects have a special mouth called a proboscis that is very long and helps them to get down into the cup of the flower and suck out the sweet nectar. Demonstrate how this is done by using a straw and a pitcher of Kool-Aid. Set the children up into teams with a pitcher of Kool-Aid for each team. Give each child a straw. When you blow a whistle the first person on each teams runs up to the pitcher and drinks as much as he can until you blow the whistle again. When the child taps the next person in line he runs up to the pitcher and starts to drink until the whistle is blown again. Continue until every child has had a turn or one pitcher is empty.

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Secret Smells

Tell the students that bees recognize each other by using their sense of smell. Try this out by playing a game of secret smells. Spray or dip cotton balls in the following scents making two of each: perfume, lemon juice, liquid spices, vinegar, or any other smell that is easily recognizable. Place these cotton balls in a plastic bag. Give one to each child making sure that another child has the match. Have them go around the room using their noses to find their secret partner. If you have a small group or a younger group, just make one of each scent and set them on a table. Have the children try to guess what the scent is.

 

 

Taste Different Kinds of Honey

Talk about how honey made from different kinds of flowers make different tasting honey.

 

 

 

Listen to "Flight of the Bumble Bee"

Rimsky Korsakov

Have your children listen to The Flight of the Bumblebee from Tsar Saltan.

Have them pretend to be bummblebees while the song plays.

 

 

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