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Paper Plate Bee Craft For Kids [Free Template]

When we think of spring, we think of all the beautiful flowers that pop up during this season. And since we can’t have flowers without bees, it’s natural to think of our helpful little pollinators.

If you’re looking for a fun and easy spring craft for kids to make, then this paper plate bee craft is perfect! This one even comes with a free printable template, so it’s perfect for making with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children.

And if you need more bumblebee ideas, check out all of our bee activities for kids. Read below or watch our quick video tutorial to see how we make this cute little bee!

Bumble Bee Craft Idea

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Supplies

Directions

First, let’s get our bee template ready. Go ahead and download the bee craft template. Once it’s on your computer, print it out and let the kids use their scissors to cut out all the pieces. This is where our bee starts to come to life!

holding the Paper Plate Bee Craft For Kids free template

Now, grab a paper plate, and give it a sunny makeover with some yellow paint. A thin coat will do just fine. If you’re using acrylic paint, it’s a quick 15-minute wait for it to dry.

In a bit of a hurry? No worries, a hairdryer can work wonders to speed things up.

painting the bee's face with acrylic yellow paint

It’s time for our bee to see! Take those cute bee eyes your kids have cut out and have them stick them towards the top of the paper plate. Aim for just inside the middle circle line of the plate for the perfect placement.

attaching the bee's eyes

Let’s let our kids give the bee some personality with a smile. With a black marker, have the kids draw a small, happy smile line right under the eyes. Keep it close to the eyes to leave room for the bee’s stripes.

drawing a bee's smile line

Speaking of stripes, you’ve got two ways to go about it:

  • Option 1: If they feel artsy, paint the stripes with black paint once the yellow base is dry. Getting them straight is a bit more challenging, but it’s great for practicing those fine motor skills.
  • Option 2: Cut out two long, thin strips from black card stock for a cleaner and quicker option.

If you’re going with the paper stripes, just dab some glue on the back of the cardstock and press them in place below the smile.

Remember to leave a little yellow showing between the stripes for that authentic bee look. If there is an excess paper hanging off the edge, trim it off.

Hands gluing black paper bee stripe on yellow paper plate

Every bee needs a stinger, and ours is no exception. Glue or tape the stinger to the back of the paper plate. Tape is usually the best option here since it sticks fast and strong, especially on those tricky curved edges.

If you’re using glue, just make sure you’re generous with it so that the stinger stays put. Let it dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

gluing the bee's stinger

It’s time to give our bee some wings. Using tape, have the kids attach the wings securely to either side of the plate.

attaching the bee's wings

Now for the finishing touch: the antennae! Take a black pipe cleaner, cut it in half, and loop one end around your finger to create that perfect antennae curve. If you want to go all out, curl the entire piece for that extra flair.

holding a black pipe cleaner

Flip the plate one last time and attach the antennae to the back. And just like that, you’ve brought a charming little bee to life!

attaching the antennae to the back

Your little ones now have their very own bee craft to buzz around with. If they had a blast with this, they will definitely enjoy these paper plate crafts!

Paper Plate Bee Craft For Kids

Bees As Pollinators

If you want to incorporate this bee craft into something educational, we’ve got some ideas for you!

Since bees are so important and research shows their population is declining, it’s a wonderful teaching opportunity.

Depending on the age of your children, you can start off by asking them if they know how bees help us. Let them know that bees are responsible for pollinating not only flowers but also the food we eat!

If they’re older and interested in bee facts, they can check out this fact sheet by Nat Geo Kids.

You can also read books like Five Bizzy Honeybees or Nat Geo Kids’ book on bees. Both are fun and engaging ways for kids to learn more about these amazing creatures!

More Insect Ideas For Kids

Are your kids interested in learning more about the wonderful world of insects? We’ve got some great activity ideas to help them discover, observe, and learn about these fascinating creatures.

Why not start with a captivating book that zooms into the life of these tiny critters? Picture books with colorful illustrations can spark curiosity and provide fun facts that kids will love. After storytime, you could dive into some hands-on activities. How about crafting your own insects from easy-to-gather supplies? Or maybe printing out some insect coloring pages for a quiet afternoon activity?

Remember to check out our collection of insect-themed ideas below. We’ve gathered activities that are perfect for nurturing a love for nature and science in young minds.

So, keep reading, and let the discovery begin!

Bug Children’s Books

Whenever we introduce a new theme or if we want to go deeper into it, we always start with children’s books! They’re an easy way to fill time and help kids learn to read or develop their vocabulary. Below are some of our favorite insect books for kids!

The Very Quiet Cricket– Everyone loves Eric Carle and this book is just as good as all his others! In it, a cricket is trying to discover how to make a sound, but when he rubs his legs together nothing happens. Follow him on his journey to find his very own sound! Kids love the ending where he and your child can hear the chirping!

Bugs A to Z is a great introductory insect book for kids. It’s great for kids to browse through and look at pictures and to find a short snippet about each bug.

Ten Little Ladybugs – This cute book is not only fun to read, but also fun to touch! Kids will want to read this book day after day and it helps them learn to count.

Paper Plate Bee Craft For Kids

Kids’ Insect Crafts

Crafting is a great way for kids to let their imaginations run wild! These craft projects will help kids express their creativity and build fine motor skills, such as cutting, gluing, and drawing.

Not only will your kids create something special, but they’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment once they’re done. And they’ll love having a token of their hard work to show off to their loved ones! Here are some super fun insect crafts your little ones will love.

Ladybug Toilet Paper Roll Craft: Your little bugs will love creating this adorable and easy ladybug craft. By simply giving your kids a toilet paper roll and some craft supplies, they can create their very own recycled insect masterpiece. Your kiddos will be so excited to complete this fun project!

Bee Name Craft: Here is an awesome activity that’ll have your kids buzzing joyfully! Our preschool bee craft is the perfect combination of fun and education. Using our free downloadable template, this activity helps little ones practice their spelling and develop various skills.

Spring crafts ideas image collage

Popsicle Stick Butterfly Craft: Turn your kids into master crafters with this cute idea! They can create colorful butterfly decorations with just a few basic supplies. Painting and gluing are always fun, and your little ones will love fluttering around with their new creations!

Dragonfly Craft for Kids: Let your kids express their creative side and let them create a one-of-a-kind dragonfly! This craft will also help children build fine motor skills as they tear tissue paper to decorate the wings of their dragonflies.

Best of all, no two dragonflies will look alike! Their colorful creation will be entirely unique – just like your little one!

Kids’ Insect Activities

Try out these butterfly worksheets for a fun and educational activity that your children will love! With engaging illustrations to color in, your kids will stay entertained while they work on letter recognition. Your children will have so much fun with these fluttering worksheets that they won’t realize they’re learning!

These bee cutting practice worksheets are the perfect way to help your little ones develop their fine motor skills. With each careful cut, they’ll strengthen the muscles in their hands and fingers.

So while your kids work through these buzzworthy worksheets, they’ll also set a strong foundation for writing, drawing, and crafting!

Spring activities for kids image collage

Our bug coloring pages are an excellent no-prep activity that’s sure to delight your little ones. Just print them out and let the creative fun begin! This activity is great for children of all ages, and they’ll have so much fun! Your kids will be engaged as they color and identify each bug.

For the younger kids in your life, these preschool bug activities are just the thing to keep them entertained while learning. These printable worksheets help your children practice skills such as pattern-making and handwriting. And who knows—it might inspire them to learn more about the world of bugs, too!

paper plate bee craft

Spring Fun

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More Spring Activities

Paper Plate Bee Craft For Kids

Paper Plate Bee Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this cute and easy paper plate bee craft with the kids this spring season!

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Yellow paint
  • Colored card stock or construction paper (in black and light blue)
  • White card stock
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Black marker
  • Glue stick
  • Tape (optional)
  • Markers
  • Bee craft template

Tools

  • Paper trimmer (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Download the bee template, print and cut out the pieces.
  2. Paint the paper plate yellow and let dry completely before moving on.
  3. Glue on the eyes near the top of the paper plate.
  4. Use the black marker to draw on a smile just beneath the eyes.
  5. Cut out 2 long thin strips of paper from the black cardstock and glue onto the paper plate, just below the smile. See the picture for reference.
  6. Flip the paper plate over and tape the stinger to the bottom of the paper plate. Also tape the bee's wings to the back of the plate, one on each side.
  7. Cut a black pipe cleaner in half. Curl one end of it with your finger to make a loop. Repeat with the other half.
  8. Flip the paper plate over on the back and tape the antennae to the top of the paper plate.

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Elena Secuiu

Thursday 9th of May 2024

Such good idea of crafting! :)

Sam

Thursday 9th of May 2024

Thanks ◡̈

Elena Secuiu

Thursday 9th of May 2024

Thank you!

Sam

Thursday 9th of May 2024

You're welcome!

Brittany

Monday 6th of May 2024

So cute!

Sam

Monday 6th of May 2024

Thanks so much!

Carolina

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

Nice

Sam

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

Thanks!

Amy

Friday 12th of April 2024

want this

Sam

Friday 12th of April 2024

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