If you hear a little buzzing going on in your house, your child may be pretending to be a bee. Take advantage of her enthusiasm to create a full lesson plan on bees that will engage your little one in all areas of learning; from sounds and creative movement to literature and art. And don’t forget about science so your kiddo will learn why the bee is such an important insect.
Present science concepts to your toddler in a way that is easy to understand. For example, you can tell her that bees are insects that have yellow and black stripes around their body. They fly and make a buzzing sound as they visit flowers to drink nectar. Honey bees use this sweet drink to make honey that we love to eat. Their house is called a hive. Bring the science to life by making a pretend hive together. Just glue six toilet paper cardboard tubes together in a pyramid style. Use yellow pom-poms as the bees, with strips of black felt glued to their middles. Glue the "bees" randomly inside the hive.
To make a bee craft, cut an oval shape from yellow construction paper. Invite your little entomologist to draw black stripes around the bee’s body with black crayon. They can also use this crayon to make facial features. Glue on two waxed paper wings on each side of the bee’s body. Or, encourage your toddler to draw a bee and its movement across a sheet of paper. In the background, play the classical music, “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky Korsakov.
Teach your kiddo this fingerplay as you pretend to be bees. “Here is a beehive (make a fist with your hand). Where are all the bees? Hiding away where nobody sees. Here they come out of their hive. Let’s count them (raise fingers one at a time). 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5…Buzz, buzz, buzz! (wave fingers in the air)
Read books to your youngster about bees and the honey they make. “Sleepy Bear” by Lydia Dabcovich is about a bear that just woke up from hibernation and is looking for honey to eat in the spring. “Bee and Me” by Elle J. Mcquinness is a lovely story of how bees have an important role in nature. The book photos are colorful and each page has moving graphics showing the bee in motion. “Buzz-Buzz, Busy Bees” by Dawn Bentley is a tactile book with many bees to touch and count. There is also a chip in the book that makes the buzz sound.