This paper plate bee craft is super easy to make and is a great one for Spring, Summer or Earth Day. Using torn and recycled paper is also a great way to use up leftover craft supplies that you might have at home already.
Remember when you were a kid and you were a bit scared of bee’s? Me too and now I’m a grown up and I know how essential they are for our planet I’m like ‘Oh hello bee, what can I do for you? Doesn’t this flower look nice, can I get you a drink or something?’ How times change eh?! Bee crafts are really popular in our house and as well as this craft I’ll also be sharing details of some free bee templates with you.
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Bee Crafts for Kids
I always know a craft has worked when my kids see it and want to make it and this was the case with this paper plate bee, my daughter saw it and instantly wanted to make her own version, I did get told off for not making it cuter though, regular readers will know that I often add pink cheeks to my crafts as my kids reckon it makes them look cuter and frankly I know better than to argue with my kids.
I think I’ve included more step by step photos for this bee craft than I ever have on a DIY before which seems kind of crazy for a paper plate craft but I’m hoping you’ll find it helpful. If you do like it you can of course pin or bookmark this craft for later or you can print the how to instructions to use.
As well as this paper plate bee craft you’ll also find some ideas for bee books to share with your child and some more of our favourite paper plate crafts for insects, spring and earth Day.
Paper Plate Bee
- Black pen
- 1 Paper plate
- Paint yellow
- Paper white (scrap paper is perfect)
- Paper or card black
- Grab a paper plate and paint it yellow, leave it to dry.
- Cut two circles out of white paper and glue them on to make your bee's eyes. Draw dots in the middle with a black marker pen to make for the pupils.
- Tear some strips of black paper or card to make the stripes for your bee. I tore mine length-ways to ensure that they would fit the whole way across the paper plate.
- Glue the strips of black card across your paper plate to give it the stripes on it's body. If your stripes go over the edge of the paper plate (as mine did) just neaten it up by cutting the ends off.
- Next cut your wing shapes out of your newspaper and sellotape these onto the back of your paper plate.
- Finally turn your paper plate back over and draw a little smile onto your bees face. Let's keep our bee's happy!
Bee Books for Kids
I’ve gone for a mixture of fiction and factual books about bees here as I liked so many of the ones that I found. If you have any recommendations of bee books for kids I’d love to hear about them too!
- Bee – A Peek Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
- Save The Bees by Bethany Stahl
- The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall
Paper Plate Crafts
Looking at insects? Why not check out this paper plate craft for What The Ladybird Heard.
This paper plate Earth collage would be great as an Earth Day craft.
Finally we love this simple paper plate spring tree craft with its tissue paper blossom.