Torn Paper Bee Craft
The weather is warming up, which means our favorite flying friends will be buzzing around before we know it. This Torn Paper Bee craft is perfect for spring and summer in the preschool classroom. If you haven’t tried torn paper crafts with your preschooler yet, you are both in for a treat as they are so much fun!
This activity will make a great addition to a flower or bee unit Your preschoolers will have a blast constructing their own bee while working on building up those fine-motor skills. Tearing paper is a great fine motor activity because it requires those tiny muscles to work as hard as they can to tear the tiny squares needed for our bees. Now let's get to crafting!
Black and Yellow paper
Full sheet of light colored paper for the background
Cream or white paper for wings
Pipe cleaners (*optional)
White crayon or oil pastel
* Teacher Tip: Cut out the circle for the head and wings ahead of time to make the process easier and faster especially with excited preschoolers. Preschoolers can prepare the torn paper, they love this task and it's great for working on fine-motor skills.
You will begin by tearing black and yellow paper into small pieces. Utilize your preschoolers during this step, and even tear some extra to add to your art center. Then they can arrange torn pieces in stripes then use the glue stick to adhere paper to the background.
* Teacher Tip: Preschoolers love glue so whenever you use glue it's a great time to simply remind preschoolers how much glue to use.
Next, grab the cut circle for the head. Glue on eyes and draw a mouth with the white crayon. Then cut wings from cream or white paper and glue onto the edge of the form that was created with the torn paper.
*Teacher Tip: Having the circle head and wings cut out makes it easier for preschoolers to grab the materials they need for their bees. You can place all the materials inside a display tray, plastic veggie trays work great.
Finally, add antenna and a stinger using the pipe cleaners or you can also use paper pieces. Lay flat to dry.
This craft is definitely a great way to have your preschoolers practice their independence and following direction skills. Preschoolers love art especially when they don't need a ton of help creating it. This is also a great opportunity to talk with your preschoolers about the importance bees play in our community. Sometimes, our bee friends get a bad reputation because of their unpleasant stingers! Hopefully with this fun craft, in addition to your bee unit ,your preschoolers will learn a bit more about why we need bees!
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