Paper bee craft for preschoolers, complete with free template.
Well, it’s official. Summer is here at last.
The flowers are out and so are the insects. And particularly the bees. They love the pink roses in our yard, so we’ve been seeing a lot of our bee friends of late.
As we were stood there watching the bees the other day, my kids were surprised how furry they are. And so this week’s craft is a paper bee craft. Although our paper craft bees aren’t exactly furry, we did try to give them some exciting texture in a papery sort of way.
So, without further ado, here is our paper bee craft complete with free template and instructions on how to make it.
This activity is great for preschoolers and is particularly good for practicing scissor skills (and therefore those fine motor skills). Hoorah!
What you will need
- yellow and black construction paper
- bee template (free to download at the end of this post!)
- tin foil
- black pen
- white glue
How to make your paper bee craft
First print off the bee template which you will find at the end of this post. We printed ours onto yellow paper.
Cut out all the shapes on the template.
Next, cut 5 strips of paper for the bee’s stripes about 1.5 inches wide (I had these ready cut for my preschooler). You will need 3 black strips and 2 yellow strips.
Using scissors, snip the paper along the strip, making sure not to cut all the way across the paper.
Once you have cut all the strips of paper, you’re read to glue!
Start with a black strip and stick it down at the end of the bee’s body. (Put a line of white glue along the long edge of the strip only!).
Next, stick a yellow strip, overlapping slightly. Continue until you have stuck down all 5 strips.
When the glue has dried, turn the bee body over and trim around the oval shape, cutting off any excess paper.
Next, cut out two white eyes and draw a black dot on each one. Glue the eyes onto the bee’s face. Draw on a smile too!
Lay one of the wing template pieces on top of a piece of tin foil, slightly larger than the wing shape.
Fold the tin foil over the edges, all the way around the wing.
When turned over, you should have a nice shiny tin foil wing. Now repeat this for the other wing.
Assembling your bee craft
To attach the wings to the back of the bee’s body, we found tape to be the easiest option.
Arrange the two wings in the right position and then turn the whole bee over and secure the wings onto the back of the body with lots of tape.
And your bee is finished!
Don’t forget to download your bee template before you go:
And there you have it! A cheery papery bumble bee craft, perfect for summer. Thanks for reading!
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