My son’s fascination with bees began several years ago when we lived in California with a lush yard and often saw them buzzing around our many fruit trees and flowers.
To create your beehive –
- Take a small cardboard box and empty toilet paper tubes (This assumes that you save everything, like I do!)
- Line up the tubes inside of the box tightly to create your honeycomb.
- Use white school glue or a thicker craft glue. Squeeze glue in between the toilet paper rolls. You may want to press the rolls together from inside of the rolls to help them stick together. Gaps are ok, as long as there is enough glue to hold them in place.
- Then we used: craft sticks (aka, popsicle sticks) (the egg shaped ones were from Easter clearance, but I’ve also seen them in the wood craft aisle during the off season.), pipe cleaners, beads, googly eyes, and scrapbook paper to create bees in various stages of the lifecycle (egg, larva, pupa, adult).
- My son went to town with the queen bee. She got the most attention and obviously, became the largest one. I lost track of how many pipe cleaners and beads were wrapped around her.
- The craft sticks are the perfect length to pop in and out of the honeycomb. Your children can ‘fly’ their bees around the house or outdoors looking for nectar.
- We used yellow glitter glue and gold candy wrappers as honey.
- There are so many science extension ideas for this project, as well as wonderful books on bees. I also found bee lifecycle charts and 3-part cards at Trillium Montessori. At the time, we were reading The Beeman and The Saint and His Bees. In the Candle’s Glow would also be a lovely companion book. (Note: We later used purchased beeswax sheets to roll into candles.)