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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 Craft is the perfect summer project, or add it to an insect unit. They are fun to make and will look awesome on display!
*Pair with our Summer Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Tissue Paper Bumble Bee Craft
One thing that is especially fascinating about these cute 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!
Gather the Materials
- Bumble Bee Craft Template (at the end of the post)
- Crayons or Markers
- Tissue Paper
- Pencil and Construction Paper (if you’d rather trace the printable on construction paper)
How to Make the Craft
After you print out the craft template, start by cutting out the bumble bee body.
Teacher 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 cardstock.
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!
You could even choose to use googly eyes as an added fun touch.
RELATED RESOURCE: Write It! Insect Writing Center Activities
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 the wings!
To create the 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 the body.
Flip over your bumble bee and voila! The most adorable bumble bee you’ve ever seen!
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