Today, we’re excited to share a fun freebie with you! These life cycle of a bee color by number worksheets are perfect for kids who want to learn all about how bees grow and develop.
As they color in each stage, they’ll be learning all about the science behind the life cycle of a bee. Plus, it’s a great way to work on number recognition and color words while strengthening fine motor skills!
Just print them out and let your kids color them as you review the stages of a bee’s life cycle. If you’re looking for more learning activities, be sure to check out the rest of our free printables. We’ve got something for everyone!
Within this set of color by number worksheets, we’ve included four activity pages. Each page features one stage of the life cycle of a bee for kids to discover as they follow the color code to complete the page.
Each page also features the name of each of the four stages allowing kids to become familiar with the words.
Life Cycle of a Bee for Kids
Everybody knows that bees make honey, but did you know that there’s an entire science behind it? In fact, the life cycle of a bee is fascinating and can teach us a lot about these hardworking insects.
Bees are born from eggs that are laid by the queen bee in special wax cells. After about three days, the egg hatches and a tiny larva emerges. The larva is fed a special diet of pollen and nectar by the other bees in the hive until it is big enough to spin a cocoon around itself. Within the cocoon, the larva undergoes metamorphosis and develops into an adult bee.
Once it emerges from the cocoon, the bee begins its life as a worker. Its first job is to clean out the wax cells where it was born. After that, its duties vary depending on its age. Younger bees tend to guard the hive and keep pests out, while older bees go out in search of pollen and nectar.
Bees play an important role in our ecosystem by pollinating plants and producing honey. The next time you see a bee, take a moment to appreciate all that it does!
Bee Activities for Kids
Bees are fascinating creatures, and kids will love learning all about them with these hands-on activities. Not only are they fun, but they’re also educational, teaching kids about important science concepts like pollination and the life cycle of a bee.
One simple activity is to make a bee feeder. All you need is some sugar water and a few small flowers. Place the feeder in your garden or yard and watch as bees come to drink the sweet nectar. You can even keep track of how many bees visit by making a tally mark for each one you see.
Another idea is to create a bee hotel. This can be as simple as a cardboard box filled with straws or tubes of different sizes. Set it up in your garden and wait for bees to move in! Once they’re settled, take a look at the hotel every day to see how many bees are coming and going. You can even keep track of which types of bees are using the different tubes.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. With a little imagination, you can come up with lots of other great ways to learn about bees while having fun at the same time!
Books About Bees
There are a lot of great picture books about bees that are perfect for kids. fiction and nonfiction, there are plenty of engaging options to choose from.
Whether your child is interested in learning about the life of a bee or just wants to hear a great story, there’s a picture book out there that will fit the bill. Here are just a few of our favorites.
The Bee Tree by Paul Fleischman is a delightful fiction option that follows a young girl as she tries to track down a bee tree. Along the way, she learns about the important role bees play in our ecosystem.
For nonfiction lovers, The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci is a great choice. It provides an overview of everything from how bees make honey to how they communicate with one another.
And finally, we can’t forget about I Am a Bee by Rebecca McDonald. This classic picture book takes children on a journey of learning the importance of bees in the world we live.