Bumblebee Songs

Play Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  Have the children pretend to fly around to the music.  You could also ask the children to describe what a bumblebee does and sing their descriptions to the music.  An example would be:

I am a bumblebee and I fly so fast.
I land on flowers and it’s a blast!
I make honey, oh so yummy.
It tastes good in your tummy!
Words by Daylene

I sing a different version of “Baby Bumblebee” with my 2- and 3-year olds. We sing the first verse:

“I’m bringing home my baby bumble bee,
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me,
I’m bringing home my baby bumble bee,”

Then, we all yell “OUCH” and I point to a child, and we sing “Michael stung me!”
The child whose name we sung giggles, and everyone gets very excited for their turn!

Make bee finger puppets. Place on each finger. Then sing this song:

Five little bees
Up in the trees
Busy, buzzing
First they go to a flower
Then they go to the hive
Then they make some honey
What a busy family of five!!

Here is a bee rhyme we like to use Here is the Beehive. (make fist with one hand) But where are the bees?
Hiding away where nobody sees,
Watch them come creeping out of their hive…1,2,3,4,5 ( pop out fingers as counting) Bzzzzzzzzzzzz (wriggle fingers around)

In sort of a response to the “buzzing bees” movement activity (very cute), couldn’t you also use “Flight of the Bumblebee?” You could even color/copy/cut out pictures of flowers that they can find around your room, and then bring them to the “Queen Bee.”

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.