Bumble Bee Art
Press your index finger on an inked stamp pad. Then press on a sheet of white paper. Make several fingerprints across the paper. With a fine felt-tipped marker, add wings, antennae, and legs to your creations. Other bugs can also be made with fingerprints.
Have children paint egg shaped Styrofoam yellow. Help them wrap a black chenille stick around it and put on little black circles for eyes (punched from black foam with a hole punch). My kids loved these!
What you need: Brown construction paper, black magic marker, yellow finger paint.
First, use brown construction paper to cut out a beehive, then draw 3 to 4 horizontal lines evenly on the “beehive”. Then use yellow finger paint to make the bees. Let children use fingers or thumbs to make the bees. Decorate the bees when they are dry with the black magic marker. They are really cute when done.
Cut out the shape of a bee from yellow construction paper. Drop 3 marbles into black tempera paint to get them coated. Next place the bee shape in a rectangle pan or box with sides. Drop the paint coated marbles onto the bee shape. Have the children roll the marbles forward and backward, creating streaks of black paint resembling the stripes on a bee. Let dry. Now add a black pom pom for the nose, one wiggly eye, two antennae cut from black construction paper, and wings made from one-fourth of a coffee filter. When complete hang on bulletin board and display the words: Busy “B”‘s (to reinforce the letter “B”). This idea was taken from The Mailbox.
Make a large beehive out of paper. Staple it on your bulletin board. To make the bees take child size yellow socks, stuff with Kleenex Take black electrical tape and tape around the body to form the stripes. You can use black pipe cleaners to make antennae, use a black permanent marker to put for eyes. staple to bulletin board around the beehive. This also gives you a 3-D look!
Bumble Bee Windsock:
Take a piece of black construction paper. Add three strips of yellow paper @ 2″ wide spaced on the black. Glue to make a cylinder. Add a large black circle at one end for the head. Decorate with eyes and antennae cut from construction paper. At the bottom glue six black streamers. Cut a large heart shape from construction paper (black, white or yellow) and fold in the middle and glue to the back for wings. Hang from the ceiling.
Cut eye holes out of a paper plate. Have the children paint the plate yellow, and glue black stripes over the yellow. Add a popsicle stick and pipe cleaner antennae, and they can be bumblebees!
My toddlers and myself did beehives with bees. I traced a beehive onto construction paper and had the children paint on them with corn syrup ( or honey) then they added some pre-cut little bees onto the hives.
Bumble Bee Art
Bumble Bee Art projects for preschoolers through second grade.