Looking for a kids craft to get them buzzing with excitement? Try this paper plate bee craft, which is a simple honey bee project that can help introduce children to one of our favorite pollinators! It is a great spring craft or summer craft for kids, and it’s also an awesome craft to help celebrate National Honey Bee Day in August!
We’ve even included a free bee template for you to help make this project easier! And, because the supplies required are so cheap, this is a wonderful project for large groups of kids.
Supplies Needed for this Bee Craft
As with all projects on Paper Plate Fun, these supplies are the ones we used to create the project as shown in this post. We encourage you to use supplies you have on hand to fit your needs and budget!
- Paper plate
- Paper plate bee craft template (download it by clicking the link)
- Pen or pencil
- Yellow paint marker (we used a yellow Do-a-Dot to contain the mess!)
- Black and red markers
- Googly eye
- Black pipe cleaner
How to Make a Paper Plate Bee Craft
Don’t “bee” scared – this kids craft comes together in a snap!
Print the paper plate bee craft template from the supply list above. Cut out the pieces and trace them onto a paper plate. Then, cut out the bee pieces from the paper plate.
Now it’s time to give this honey bee some color! For this project, we used a yellow paint marker (just like we did for our Paper Plate School Bus with Moveable Wheels), because paint markers are a fast way to cover a large surface, and they’re so much less messy than paints and paint brushes! Simply dab on the paint and dry (fast)!
Once the honey bee is colored, cut a black pipe cleaner to fit the bee’s body. We used one pipe cleaner for this paper plate bee, and that gave us three stripes.
Glue the pipe cleaner segments onto the bee’s body, and trim any pipe cleaner parts that hang over the edge.
Now it’s time to glue on the bee’s wings! Glue one wing to the top back of the bee, and glue the other wing onto the bee’s body – pressing the paper plate piece over the pipe cleaner.
Notice how the wing on the bee’s body is glued as if the paper plate were upside down? This is so that the wing sticks out from the body and gives the bee some dimension.
This bee needs to see, so glue on a googly eye!
Finally, it’s time to make this bee craft happy! Use a red marker to draw a smile, and a black marker to draw some detail at the top of the bee’s head and to color the bee’s stinger (which was cut out from the paper plate). Glue the bee’s stinger on to the back of the body at this time.
And with that, this paper plate honey bee project is complete!
Make a bunch and have a swarm of bee-utiful paper plate bees adorn your space!
If you enjoyed this easy craft, we’d love for you to check out our ever-growing gallery of Paper Plate Kids Crafts!
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