What feelings, smells and sounds do you think of in summer? The first thing that comes to my mind is the warmth of the sun, swimming pools, the smell of flowers and summer blossoms, and of course, the sound of those buzzing bumble bees pollinating the gorgeous landscape! This tissue paper bumble bee is the perfect spring or summer craft for kids, or to go along with an insect unit. They are fun to make and will look awesome on display!
Tissue Paper Bumble Bee
One thing that is especially fascinating about these pesky little pollinators is what hard workers they are! My kids and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about and studying what the life and work of a bumble bee looks like. Of course we can’t read a book without coming up with a craft.
This is by far the most adorable bumble bee craft my kids and I have ever made! You are going to love the simplicity of it and the unique twist of using tissue paper for the wings. Get your printer and supplies ready…here were go!
- Crayons or Markers
- Tissue Paper
- Pencil and Construction Paper (if you’d rather trace the printable on construction paper)
- FREE Printables:
Creating the Craft:
After you print out the above printables, cut them out. Tip: If you decide to only use the body as a stencil to trace the outline of your bumble bee, I would suggest tracing the body onto colorful construction paper or card stock.
Don’t forget to cut out your bumble bee’s legs and antennae.
Time to be creative! I just LOVED watching the adorable faces my children came up with! Tip: you could use googly eyes as an added touch.
Once you’ve colored your bumble bee, flip it over and apply a dab of glue for each of the legs and antennae.
Once the legs and antennae are glued on, the only missing details are his wings!
To create his wings, we decided to cut rectangles out of white and yellow tissue paper squares.
Each child received one piece of tissue paper in each color. Lay the tissue paper flat and then pinch it in the middle. Repeat for the second piece of tissue paper.
Then, using a piece of tape, adhere your bumble bee wings to the back of his body.
Flip over your bumble bee and voila! The most adorable, non-pollinating bumble bee you’ve ever seen!
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