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Bee or Bumblebee Theme Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials

Let's explore this fun animal and address many other basic concepts and skills.

Themes & Learning Activities:

  • Basic concepts about bees and why are they beneficial.
  • Basic explanation of what is pollination.
  • The theme can reinforce letter B activities, here are some suggestions:
    • Bees are Beneficial Bugs
    • Busy Bees in my Backyard

Animal Facts: The Bee - Offline and Online Activities
Learning some basic facts about the bees:
Make sure to prepare an interesting display with the alphabet posters, coloring pages, have some honey for a tasting activity and perhaps an example of beeswax or candle.

  1. There are thousands of different kinds of bees.
  2. They are found everywhere in the world except the North and South Poles.
  3. Bees are the only insects that make food that humans eat, (honey). Honey is a natural and healthy sweetener. Engage in a honey tasting activity or an easy recipe calling for honey as a main ingredient
  4. Beeswax is used in making candles, and other products.
  5. Bees live in large groups called colonies.
  6. Their dwellings (homes) are called hives.
  7. The leader of each hive is the queen. She directs the activities of the other bees, the workers and the drones. Many people raise bees for the production of honey and wax or just as a hobby.
  8. The honey bee is important for the farming industry and natural settings in the process of pollination for the production of crops and growth of wild plants. They are essential in pollinating fruit trees.
  9. At images and information: Honey Bee | Bee

Alphabet Activities: Letter B Bee or Bumblebee > Visit the link to lesson plan activities and printable materials.

Whenever possible use a craft activity to introduce or reinforce letters or number recognition -- in this case we can introduce B is for Bee, or Bumblebee and related b words. The letter can be also printed somewhere in the craft so they children can visually see it when they play with the craft.

Online Jigsaw Puzzles: Bee
Objectives: Problem solving skills. View the animal's image and review facts. Bilingual: English - Spanish

Have fun with an online puzzle of a bee that can be adapted from 6 pieces to 247. The whole family can have a try. Click on the Change Cut button to adjust number and shape of pieces.

Activity: Aesop's Fable > The Bear and Bees
Present this Aesop fable. Both animal characters start with letter B. Use the bee craft below and a bear craft to present the story. Discuss what is a fable and the moral lesson in the story.

Activity: Read an Online Story - Buzzy Bee stories by Carol Moore at Children's Storybook
These are are two fun online stories where children can see a bee in one her most important "chores" gathering pollen and nectar, and also learn a lesson or two about having too much of something.., They also get too "meet" beautiful bulb flowers and another insect that gathers pollen and is also beneficial and her name also starts with letter B, guess who it is?

  • Buzzy Bee: This short story takes Buzzy Bee on a trip to gather pollen and nectar from a number of bulb flowers the children can meet: the daffodil, the tulip, the hyacinth and one more, a lily ... there is a little moral lesson in there too ... she sort of eats too much, but her good friends come to her rescue.

  • Buzzy Bee and Friends:
    Buzzy is up to her antics again but now she shares a flower with another special insect that also gathers pollen, and shares the same first alphabet letter in her name, the butterfly. Again Buzzy has too much of a good thing!!
printable bee craft
Bee printable craft

letter b bee printable activities
Letter B Bee Printable Activities

Bee coloring pages

bee online jigsaw puzzle
Bee online jigsaw puzzle

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