Have your kids ever wondered how bees make honey? How bees help flowers grow? Or why we often refer to bees as busy, busy bees? Satisfy your kids’ curiosity and educate them on bees through this Yellow Bee Pretend Play activity! We love teaching kids while they play and have fun. That’s what Play Based Learning is all about. Letting the kids learn about bees, how they make honey and their role in pollination is exactly what we did in this hands on, pretend play activity.
Yellow Bee Pretend Play
This yellow bee pretend play activity has 3 elements to it. First, we created our very own yellow bee. Then we created the play setting for the busy bee: the sunflowers and the honeycomb. And lastly, we let our busy yellow bee get to work through our pretend play activity!
The Yellow Bee Craft
What you need:
- Yellow Bee Free Printable by Kidz Activities (or you can make your own)
- Contact paper
- Yellow pipe cleaner
How to make the Yellow Bee:
- Get your yellow bee pieces ready. Cut out the yellow bee pieces from the free printable. Then let your child draw black stripes on the yellow bee’s body and eyes on the yellow bee’s head.
- Cut out a piece of contact paper – a rectangular piece that’s big enough for the entire yellow bee to be stuck on.
- Lay the yellow bee’s body, then the head, then the wings.
- Once the yellow bee is formed, cover the top with another piece of contact paper. Then cut along the outline of the yellow bee.
- At the back of the bee, tape a yellow pipe cleaner. The pipe cleaner allows you to attach the yellow bee to your child’s wrist. S/he can then pretend her arm is the yellow bee in this pretend play activity.
Wasn’t making this yellow bee a fun craft activity in itself?
The Sunflowers and The Honeycomb
Making the Sunflowers
We had made a Sunflower Craft for Preschoolers last week, so we will be using the big sunflower as the main flower in this yellow bee pretend play activity. You can make smaller variations of this sunflower craft by using egg cartons and yellow paper (Optional: there is a flower petal template in the Yellow Bee Free Printable). Cut the egg cartons until it forms a shallow bowl. Then stick the flower petals all around the ‘bowl.’
We decided to make this part simple. Simply print out the pretend honeycomb from the Yellow Bee Free Printable. Then place a few clear cups randomly within each honeycomb cell. We used clear egg cartons from Easter chocolate eggs. But you can also use clear medicine cups.
Here we go… It’s Almost Time to Play!
But before starting on the pretend play activity, prepare the following items:
- Medicine dropper
- Drops of yellow food colouring mixed in water
- Clothes pin
- Yellow/Orange pompoms
Mix in yellow/orange pompoms in the big sunflower’s flower head. These serve as the pretend pollen. Also, put one clear cup filled with a few drops of yellow food colouring and water within the flower head too. The yellow liquid is the pretend nectar.
And now it’s finally time for our Yellow Bee Pretend Play activity!
The Yellow Bee is busy, busy, busy collecting nectar….
Let your child wear the yellow bee on her wrist. Using the medicine dropper, let the yellow bee gather nectar. Then fly to the honeycomb to store the nectar in a honeycomb cell.
My daughter loved this part. When she thought I wasn’t watching, I overheard her say: ‘Buzz, buzz, buzz… let’s get some nectar!’ And she continuously transferred liquid from the flower to the honeycomb. She did this part over and over again.
And the Yellow Bee pollinates too!
Using the clothes pin, let the yellow bee grab a yellow or orange pompom from the large flower. Then drop it in one of the smaller flowers (or vice versa).
Explain to your child that when bees look for nectar to make honey, pollen sticks to their legs. So when they land on another flower, the pollen is transferred to that other flower. And pollination happens.
What does this Yellow Bee Pretend Play Activity do for your child?
- It encourages your child to imagine and make the life of the yellow bee real.
- It fosters creativity.
- It helps your child develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- It teaches the role of the bee in making honey and in pollination in a fun, interactive and hands on way.
Suggested Books to Extend this Yellow Bee Pretend Play Activity
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This Yellow Bee Pretend Play activity is the Letter Y in the A-Z of Pretend Play series by Crafty Kids at Home. Be sure to check out all the other exciting pretend play activities that start with the other letters!
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