Spring and summer are the perfect time to learn about bees and this bee life cycle playdough mat is perfect for your unit.
When teaching young children, it’s important to provide activities that are as engaging as they are educational.
This one-page, free printable life cycle activity is perfect for your science and fine motor lessons in your bee theme.
Bee Life Cycle Playdough Mat
There are so many ways to teach children the life cycle of a bee. Here are a few engaging ideas that will help you teach your kids about bees while keeping them learning at the same time.
Bee Movies for Kids
I love incorporating videos into our lessons whenever possible. They’re a great way to break from the books and worksheets that typically fill a science lesson.
I also save them for rainy days or sick days that may crop up during the unit. Here are a few ideas:
• Wild Kratts: The Toughest Honey Bees
Books About Bees
I love to include a wide variety of books in my lessons. I use some for read-alouds and save others for independent reading (when appropriate).
Below, I’m sharing a few of my favorite nonfiction books about the life cycle of a bee. I find they’re perfect for introducing the life cycle, increasing vocabulary, and illustrating important information.
• National Geographic Readers: Bees
Life Cycle of a Bee Activities
Young learners love hands-on activities, and they help little ones engage with the topic at hand. When studying the life cycle of a bee, you can add one or more of these activities to your to-do list:
• Hang a bee habitat near a window that allows children to observe bees in nature.
• Add a set of bee life cycle models to your science area so kids can touch and manipulate the figures and observe the stages.
• Spring and summer are the perfect time of year to study bees! This bee life cycle printable features 15 activities for preschoolers!
Life Cycle Playdough Mats
Print out this gorgeous life cycle of a bee playdough mat, and laminate it for durability. Set it on the table with some cans of playdough.
Start by reviewing the stages of the bee’s life cycle. Be sure to use vocabulary words such as pupa, larva, etc.
Then, have kids build the life cycle with playdough. This is a fun, hands-on science activity that helps strengthen fine motor muscles while reviewing the life cycle.
This beautiful wooden honey bee puzzle let’s the child explore the wonderful world of honey bees.
You can add some plush bumblebee toys to your imaginative play area for kids to act out their favorite bee stories.
This collection of bee resources is full of my favorite things for teaching preschoolers about bees.