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Paper Plate Bee Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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Looking for a fun and easy spring craft for kids to make? This paper plate bee craft is perfect!

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.

We love paper plate crafts because they are super simple! This one even comes with a free printable template so it’s perfect for making with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children.

Read on below or watch our quick video tutorial to see how we make this cute little bee!

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Collage of paper plate bee craft images with the words, “paper plate bee craft” in the middle

Supplies

Directions

Download the bee craft template, print and cut out the pieces.

Hands holding paper plate bee craft template

Paint your paper plate in a thin coat of yellow paint and let dry completely. If you’re using acrylic paint, this usually only takes 15 minutes to dry all the way. If you want or need it done faster, you can always use a hairdryer to speed up the process.

Hands painting white paper plate yellow

Take the bee eyes and glue them towards the top of the paper plate. We placed them just inside the middle circle line of the plate.

Hands gluing eyes to yellow plate

Use a black marker to draw on a small smile line just underneath the eyes. You’ll want to make it close to the eyes so you have room for the two bee stripes.

Hands drawing smile on with black sharpie

To make the bee’s stripes you have 2 options:

  1. Paint the stripes on with black paint after the yellow paper plate has dried.
  2. Cut out two long thin strips from the black card stock.

The painting method is trickier to get straight and will take more time to dry, but it also works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

The paper method is simpler and less messy.

If you’re using the paper method, add glue to the back of the card stock and glue in place just below the smile. Leave a small gap of yellow between the stripes. Cut off any paper that hangs off the sides of the paper plate.

Hands gluing black paper bee stripe on yellow paper plate

Glue or tape on the bee’s stinger to the back of the paper plate. Whenever we have to attach something to the curved parts of the paper plate, we prefer tape. It holds a lot better and there’s no drying time before moving on to the next step.

If you decide to use glue, just make sure you have enough glue on there for it to hold and let it dry completely before you move on.

Hands taping bee stinger to back of paper plate

While the paper plate is flipped on the back, attach the two bee’s wings to either side of the plate. Again, we used tape to attach it to the plate.

Hands gluing wings to back of paper plate bee

Take a black pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Loop one end of the shortened pipe cleaner around your finger to make the antennae. If you want the whole piece to have a curled effect, drag your finger or fingernail along the pipe cleaner in a curved motion.

Hands twisting black pipecleaner

Flip the paper plate back over again and attach the bee’s antennae to the back of the paper plate.

Hands gluing on black pipe cleaners to back of paper plate bee

Now your kids have a cute little bee craft they can play around with! If your kids enjoyed this, they’ll also love this paper plate butterfly craft.

Two paper plate bee crafts

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.

paper plate bee craft

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 are interested in bee facts, check out this fact sheet by Nat Geo Kids.

Paper plate bee craft

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

More Insect Ideas For Kids

Books are a great way to get even further in a theme! On top of that, reading to kids helps them develop a stronger vocabulary and helps them learn to focus. It’s a win win situation!

Whenever we introduce a new theme or if we want to go deeper in 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.

More Fun Insect Ideas

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Paper Plate Bee Craft

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 (download form located at the end of this post)

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.

Bee Craft Template

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