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Bees: Preschool Theme Unit

Updated on February 20, 2013

Bee Books, Games, Crafts and More!

Bees are such wonderful and helpful creatures. From pollinating flowers to making honey, we could not live without them. Go ahead and explore the world of bees with your child, preschool class, daycare or homeschool co-op. Use these bee ideas as a science unit, a unit to go along with Letter of the Week or a spring-themed week. I've included free bee printable coloring sheets and games I've created for my children and local co-op class plus other fun ideas.

Organizing Toddler and Preschool Units

When planning units, I like to use 3-ring binders. I have numbered dividers for each day of the week. I switched to numbers rather than days because it always seemed like I started units on different days or I planned the units to last for either less than a week or more than a week.

At the front of the binder I put my unit over-view planning page. Then behind each numbered divider, I place more detailed plans, print-outs, and craft directions.

Download a copy of the toddler planning sheet

One of Our Favorite Bee Books

Are You a Bee? (Backyard Books)
Are You a Bee? (Backyard Books)

We love this nature series! The book is written as if the child were a bee. My children love the illustrations and learn facts about the bees in a fun way. This makes a good spine book for a preschool unit on bees.

 
The Honeybee & the Robber
The Honeybee & the Robber

Homeschool Share has a free unit to go along with this book: The Honeybee and the Robber

 

How To Make a Balloon Bumble Bee

Sometimes having a simple prop during story time makes all the difference. Have the children pass the bumble bee whenever they see a bee in the story or whenever you say the word "bee".

Bee Activities and Games

Gathering Pollen Game:

Supplies:

bouncy balls, ping pong balls or pom poms

bags

several small bowls

Flowers have pollen and that is just what bees love to collect. Set out several "flowers" with pollen (bowls, trays etc.) around the room.

Give each child a bag. Have them step into the handle so it is on one leg and place the other handle on their arm. This represents the sacks on the back of a bee's leg that holds the pollen . (If that's too difficult for the child, let them put it on their arm). Have the children collect the pollen and bring back to the hive (select a place to be the hive like a big tub to place all the "pollen")

[Female bees have a structure on their legs that no other insects, including wasps, have: a pollen basket. The basket is made of rows of stiff hairs that arch to form a hollow space on the outside of the bees' legs, usually her back legs. When a bee visits a flower, she combs grains of pollen into her baskets. Pollen from the flower also sticks to the bee's hair. ~ San Diego Zoo]

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Make a Honey Comb

Using Pattern Blocks, let the children build their own honey comb.

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Bee Number Sequencing

Use these bee printable cards to work on number sequence, counting backwards, and one-to-one correspondence.

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Bee Color Match Game

Have students match the bees to the correct flower. For those learning their color names, students can match the bees to the correct color word.

Egg Carton Bee Craft

from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

There are many bee printables out on the web, and I'll be adding the ones I feel will add value to an educational bee unit. This section will be updated frequently as I find new things or design new printables.

2 Teaching Mommies has created a fantastic printable unit all on bees!

Other Fun Bee Educational Items

Fun Express Mini Insect Erasers, 144 Count
Fun Express Mini Insect Erasers, 144 Count

Mini- erasers can be used to create patterns, sorting, used as game pawns, and in sensory tubs and bottles. This is a versatile item and I like to have different kinds on hand.

 
Folkmanis Bee Glove Hand Puppet
Folkmanis Bee Glove Hand Puppet

Great for storytelling or doing rhymes.

 

You might also be interested in visiting my Preschool Science series on my blog.

Thanks for Buzzing by! I'd love to hear from you.

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Great ideas. I do a lot of half-hour bee programs for preschoolers as a teacher-naturalist.

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      What a wonderful Bee Unit Study. I love all the ideas to use with materials normally found around your home or classroom. I am pinning this to my Bees board on Pinterest and will be recommending it to The Homeschool Club on Facebook. Thank you for collecting and presenting so many hands-on activities for learning about bees.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      You've put together a great resource! I'm featuring this page on my Bee & Honey Lesson for Children. https://hubpages.com/education/bee-lesson

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Brilliant ideas! Thanks for a great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cute the bees themed stuff espacially the snacks, the kids will like them.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Very nice indeed, my kids would have definitely loved this when they were school aged. Bees are fascinating, my father was a beekeeper and he said "I am always learning something new."

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Those bee themed snacks are so cute!

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      printable-activitysheets 5 years ago

      really great. It is awesome and really kids love this tiny bees. They will love working around with this tiny creature like model.

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      jholland 5 years ago

      Great ideas. My three year old will love these activities.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Another beautifully done lesson lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Beautiful lens with a lot of useful info. May I say you are busy as a bee? ;)

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great ideas!!!

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      Barb McCoy 5 years ago

      Awesome lens and great activities and information. :)

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens! You've obviously got a heart for toddlers' needs and interests. Great job!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Cool lens. Lots of great stuff on here!! I need to use it for my little guys.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      I love this lens.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      Hello :) I have linked this page to Download your squidoo.com/bees-and-wasps-thematic-unit-study :)

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      Janet2221 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I have included this lens in the related pages section on my Bee Party lens. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is terrific!!! Thank you!!!

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Oh these are great printables, thank you!

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      chicagoheather 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the links to the free downloads -- they're beeeautiful! :)

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Adorable unit on bees! Blessed!

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      I love your lens...so colorful and informative. I will be adding to my lensroll and giving a special blessing.

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      JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

      liked this lens, good tips for kids

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Let me add some more blessings, they are never too much!

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Bee-utiful! My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Adorable and fun learning activities about bees! *Blessed

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      LilliputStation 7 years ago

      Great ideas, and such a beautiful lens!

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Fabulous, as always. Colorful graphics, free printables, great craft ideas, and a cute kid as well! What's not to love on this lens?

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens, Spell Outloud! I used to be an elementary teacher, too, and have also taught preschool. These ideas will be very useful to those working with young children.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This is a great resource for preschoolers. Blessed.

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      Vacation-In-My-Head 7 years ago

      You gave me some great ideas that I can use with my daughter! I'm always looking for fun ways to help her learn, shes seems to retain the info more when we make a game of it! Thanks :-)