Posted May 20, 2015 by Elmers
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    Bee Unit Craft and Activity

    • Moderate
    • Classroom

    Supplies Needed


    Hive-patterned display board:

    1. Paint the Elmer’s foam board with watered-down yellow craft paint.
    2. Once dried, free-hand hexagons in a hive pattern using light pencil marks.
    3. Cover the light pencil marks with Elmer’s yellow glitter glue.
    4. Three Types of Bees Craft:

    5. Prepare the styrofoam eggs by cutting them in half lengthwise for the students.
    6. Using Elmer’s X-treme School Glue (it’s a must for tough projects like this!), have students glue the styrofoam halves to heavy cardstock as in the picture below.
    7. Print and cut the templates provides for all three of the bees’ abdomens.
    8. Paint the abdomens with Elmers’ painters markers.
    9. Use two small egg halves for the worker bee’s head and thorax.  Use a small egg half and a medium egg half for the queen and drone’s heads and thoraces.
    10. Once the Elmer’s X-treme School Glue has dried, apply a coat of dark brown craft paint to the bodies.
    11. Then, glue pom-poms with X-treme School glue on each bee’s head for the eyes.
    12. Cut the black pipe cleaners and bend.  Insert them into the top of the bees’ heads for the antennae.
    13. Cut six pipe cleaners of varying lengths.  Insert into the sides of the bees’ thoraces for the legs.
    14. Trace the templates of the bees’ wings (provided in the printable pack above) onto upcycled milk jugs.  Vellum would work as well.
    15. Cut and insert the wings into the bees’ thoraces at the bottom.
    16. Paint two toothpicks with black Elmer’s painters’ markers.  Glue on the back of each bee’s abdomen with Elmer’s X-treme School Glue.
    17. Print and cut labels from our printable bee craftivity pack above.
    18. To differentiate this craft, we’ve made some labels blank and some labels with words.  Depending on the levels of your students, you can choose which type of labels suit your students’ levels best.


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