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    Bee Crafts Ideas for Kids and Resources for the Bee Lovers in the Family

    Discover fun bee crafts ideas, perfect for kids and parents who love these amazing insects.

    Bees are dedicated hard-workers, pollinating a large number of the crops we need in the UK. But their numbers are declining so, now more than ever, they need our protection. Get kids on board with the mission and encourage them to be on the ‘save the bees’ team with these amazing bee craft ideas.

    If you have an excited bee fan in the house, it’s time to get crafty! But don’t forget to keep scissors away from little hands.

    Super-easy and super-fun bee crafts for kids

    Fun paper bee craft for kids

    If the kids love the bees, why not help them create their own adorable honey bee friend. This is one of the easiest bee Cheerios crafts. With only a handful of items you probably already have in the house, here is how to create a friendly bee with a smiley face. Plus, we’ve enlisted the help of our Cheerios cereals as well.

    What you’ll need:

    • Yellow and black craft paper
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Googly eyes
    • Cheerios cereals
    • Marker
    • Fridge magnet (optional)

    Steps:

    1. Take the yellow paper and cut two circles, one smaller for the bee’s head and the other one larger for the bee’s body. Glue them on together to form the bee.
    2. Cut a few stripes of black paper and glue them horizontally to the bee’s body.
    3. Take your Cheerios cereals and glue them to the bee’s body in horizontal rows.
    4. Make two wings out of the yellow craft paper. Glue them in place.
    5. Draw a smiley face and add the googly eyes using glue.
    6. Finally, cut two antennae using the black craft paper and glue them in place.

    That’s it! You now have a smiley bee to add to the family crafts collection. Plus, you can also glue a fridge magnet to its back and have your creation greet the family every morning when you open the fridge to prepare the breakfast. Check out the final result for our paper bee craft for kids on Instagram.

    cheerios paper bee craft for kids

    Build a bee hotel for buzzers looking for ‘bed and breakfast’ accommodation

    Solitary bees are constantly looking for a home, so why not give them one with this ingenious bee craft for kids. Bee hotels can be created from simple supplies, but are so important for the insects looking for a shelter. Solitary bees are not likely to sting, so the little ones don’t need to worry about that. They’re industrious pollinators that will be happy to find a new home next to yours.

    What you’ll need:

    • Mug
    • Bamboo sticks
    • Garden scissors
    • Markers

    Steps:

    1. Cut the bamboo sticks to be slightly shorter than the depth of your mug.
    2. Place the bamboo sticks in the mug until it’s completely full and the sticks have no room to move around.
    3. Lay the mug on its side and you’ve got a simple bee hotel. Since the sticks are slightly shorter than the depth of the mug, this will provide shelter from rain to the bees checking into your hotel.
    4. You can now place the mug on its side in the garden in a sunny spot. You can do this either by using a wire or a sturdy string to hang it from a tree or a fence. Or even by using the mug’s handle to hang it from a shrub.

     

    Build a bee puppet

    Create your own moving worker honey bee with the simple resources from the Bee Friendly Trust, an amazing charity dedicated to creating habitats for pollinators to thrive.

    What you’ll need:

    Get the black-and-white printout of all the different parts that will make up the bee puppet. All you have to do is cut them out, get the kids to colour them in with their favourite colours and fasten the parts together with the provided pin butterfly clips. Now you have your own moving honey bee you can place anywhere in your house.

    Cheerios bee snack bag craft

    Turn your Cheerios bags into bee-approved creations with this super-easy Cheerios craft.

    What you’ll need:

    • Cheerios cereals
    • Transparent bags
    • Yellow pegs
    • Markers
    • Googly eyes
    • Black craft paper
    • Glue and scissors

    Steps:

    1. Take the yellow peg and using the black marker, create horizontal stripes of alternating colours (black and yellow)
    2. Glue the googly eyes to the top of the peg
    3. Using the black craft paper, cut out two antennae and glue them at the top of the peg.
    4. Put the equivalent of two portions of Cheerios in a bag and separate them by placing the peg you just created in the middle.

    It’s that easy! You can create as many Cheerios bee bags as you wish and have them ready for breakfast or snack time. Check out our version of the Cheerios bee snack bags on Instagram.

    cheerios bee bags

    Top resources to inspire kids to love bees and nature

    Bee-inspired poster

    Teach the little ones in the family that bees are nothing to be afraid of. Instead, show them that bees are amazing insects with an important job to do: to pollinate the plants we all love so much, including almonds and apples.

    Print out the Power of Pollination poster for children created by our friends at the Bee Friendly Trust and tell them the fascinating story of how the little pollen grains turn into plants with the help of the trusted bee pollinators.

    The Little Book of Pollinators activity book

    The wonders of bees and pollination come alive with this beautifully-illustrated activity book. From fascinating facts to fun quizzes, there’s plenty of bee stuff in the Little Book of Pollinators to get the entire family excited about these little pollinators and all the amazing things they do.

    Pollinator power board game

    The race is on with this pollinator power board game made by the Bee Friendly Trust! What better way to get the whole family together, little ones included, and help the bees pollinate the world’s plants? Wind, rain or pesticides are some of the hurdles along the way that you’ll have to overcome, just like the bees. Plus, the board is made of beeswax!

    Make sure there will be plenty of bees looking for accommodation near you by planting a bee garden with the flowers loved most by these little pollinators. Check out our easy tips in our article, next.

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