Insects of all kinds are fascinating to young children. My daughter is not exception so I try to channel that interest with a preschool theme on bees. She loves learning about the homes, habits and diet of these common but mysterious insects.

I’ve introduced this unit by reading a stories about bees Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup and Why Do We Need Bees? by Katie Daynes are good choice. With a trays I’ve put for her we also enjoy so much this cute bee fingerplay:

Here is the beehive. (Hold up one hand made into a fist.)

But where are all the bees? (Both hands palms up as if asking a question.)

Hiding away where nobody sees. (Hold the other hand over the fist as if hiding it.)

Here they come flying out of their hive, (Keep one hand in a fist and have the other “fly” around it.)

One, two, three, four, five! (Hold up one finger at a time to count.)

Honey Tasting

Bee Stickers

Bee Stencils

Bee Life Cycle Stages

Why Do We Need Bees? by Katie Daynes

Parts of a Bee

Bee Counting Activity

Bee Cutting Stripes

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