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1-2-3 Come Do Some 3D Shape Activities With Me

Besides learning 2D shapes, another of our Y5 standards is to be able to recognize, name, and give an example of the 3D shapes: cone, cube, sphere & cylinder.

3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape posters, 3D shape worksheets, 3D shape assessments, 3D shape posters3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape posters, 3D shape worksheets, 3D shape assessments, 3D shape postersInstead of learning each one independently, I teach all four of the 3D shapes at the same time. 

To help my students learn this vocabulary, I used glue dots to stick a small, solid 3D shape on my calendar display. 

It takes just a few seconds to point to each one and have my students say the name 3 times. They enjoy using their normal voice for the 1st time, a loud voice for the 2nd time, and then they whisper the word. 

I switch things up and sometimes ask them to say the shape words in a grumpy voice, high-pitched squeaky voice, or whatever.   In october we use a monster, Dracula, witch and ghost voice.  They learn this vocabulary very quickly.

beachball 3D shape gamesInitially, I noticed that when I pointed to the plastic ball, some of my students were saying spear, instead of sphere, so listen carefully  and correct. To help reinforce the sphere as well as the other 3D shapes I use a beach ball.

You can buy them at The Dollar Store.  Using a permanent marker I drew each shape on a section of the ball, along with its name.  In just a few minutes everyone gets a turn to catch & toss the ball. 

Wherever their hands land, they point to and share the name of that shape. Since it's so light weight and travels slowly, even if a toss bonks someone or something we're safe. 

Since my kiddos absolutely LOVE this activity, I have beach balls for letters, numbers & the other 2D shapes.

3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape posters, 3D shape worksheets, 3D shape assessments, 3D shape postersWe also make cubes with plastic waffle blocks.

Another super-fun thing we do, that takes just a moment is when my kiddos are transitioning, I'll say: "I spy a cube? Who else sees it?"  We then recognize various cubes around the room. 

3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape posters, 3D shape worksheets, 3D shape assessments, 3D shape postersI also have an extra set of the solid shapes and sometimes put them in my pocket, then when we are in the hallway on bathroom break. I'll hold one up 'til someone notices that I have a shape. That child gets to decide how many times (1-10) we hop on one foot and say the name. 

It's a great way to get the wiggles out while waiting. You'll find that there are lots of teachable moments in the day to cram in a bit of learning in fun & interesting ways.

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape centers, 3D shape posters, 3D shape craftsBesides the above tips, I designed a jumbo 3D Shapes packet, which is filled with a nice assortment of activities to help learn, reinforce, review & assess.

The packet includes:
* A “My 3D Shape (trace, write & color) Booklet
3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape centers, 3D shape posters, 3D shape crafts* A “Flip the Flap” Craft: So that you can choose different skill levels, there are several options, which will practice the solid shape, its name, a real world example, as well as attributes. 

Simply choose which is right for your kiddos . Besides black & white, patterns also come in color, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

* Also included, is a 3D Shapes: Popsicle Stick Puppet Pal, which is a quick, easy & fun way to whole-group assess, at the same time reinforcing attributes.

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape centers, 3D shape posters, 3D shape craftsChildren become 3D shape detectives. You read clues from my list.  As students listen, they decide which shape is being described, then hold up that shape on their puppet stick. 

Teachers can see at a glance who is having difficulty.  Jot yourself a note, and work with these kiddos later. 

The packet also includes:

* Pocket Chart Cards
* Posters
plus...
3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape centers, 3D shape posters, 3D shape crafts* Venn Diagrams,
which are one of my favorite ways to teach comparison & contrast.  Because I teach all 4 shapes at the same time, this is a quick, easy & fun way to reinforce differences, so that students can easily describe & identify the shapes. 

Older students can do these individually or partner up to complete a worksheet, while younger kiddos can complete one as a whole group activity. There are also a number of ...

* Centers as well as...
3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape centers, 3D shape posters, 3D shape crafts*
A variety of "Print & Go!" Worksheets.  One of my students favorites is "I Spy Real World Shapes", which is a color, cut & glue activity.
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Some of the worksheets & games double as interesting & fun Assessments.

*The 3-piece "match me up" Puzzles, plus the number strip Puzzles are another way to immerse children with the shapes.  The strip puzzles reinforce number recognition plus counting from 1-20 & skip counting by 10s.  I love hitting several standards with one activity.


3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape centers, 3D shape posters, 3D shape craftsThere are activities for a variety of standards such as: sorting, patterning, graphing counting, attributes, groups/sets, simple addition & subtraction, as well as greater & less than.

I've also included a number of simple GAMES:
* “What Shape’s Hiding?”
* “ Four Corners”
* Memory Match
“ I Have; Who Has?
* “What’s Missing?”
“I Spy!
“* 3D Shapes on a Roll!”
* Spying Real World Shapes!
* “What Shape Am I?”

3D shapes, 3D shape activities, 3D shape games, 3D shape centers, 3D shape posters, 3D shape craftsFinally, there are templates you can use as paper manipulatives.  Simply print, laminate & trim.  Students can pattern, sort, count, show groups & sets, as well as make equations & do simple addition & subtraction problems using the math symbol "tiles". 

The packet can be used for morning work, review, assessing, centers, whole-group activities, early finishers, homework or something for your Sub Tub. Click on the link 3D Shape Activities to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look.

free 3D shape postersThere are two featured FREEBIES today, both help reinforce the 3D shapes as well. One is a set of 3D posters that come in a variety of sizes so that you can use them as anchor charts, flashcards, bookmarks or for games. 

community helpers activities, 3D shapesThe other is an emergent reader: "Community Helpers Shape Up!"  I hope you find them useful.

3D shape videosI also found a cute 3-minute YouTube video where Exie the excavator is building a city with 3D shapes. Click the link to have a look.

3D shape activitiesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

PTL the clouds have burst and the sky is soaking my thirsty garden. 

A wonderful respite from the hot & muggy weather we've been having. Wishing you a refreshing day.

"Some people feel the rain; others just get wet." -Roger Miller

1-2-3 Come Do Some Pattern Block Activities With Me.  

playing with pattern blocksPattern blocks are one of my students’ favorite math manipulatives.  We count, sort, pattern, and do all sorts of interesting things with them.

cover Fun With Pattern Blocks copy 3With that in mind, I wanted to design some additional activities that would help practice a variety of standards while they “played” with them. What started out as a game & booklet, turned into a jumbo "Fun With Pattern Blocks" packet.

If you don’t have a wooden or plastic set of pattern blocks, no worries, I’ve included patterns so that you can make your own paper ones.

preview pattern block funPick and choose your favorites and use them as math centers, whole group activities, games, worksheets, homework, and an easy assessment tool.

They’re great for early finishers and something to tuck in your sub folder as well.

The packet includes:

* Anchor charts, pocket chart cards & posters.

Pages from PREVIEW Pattern Block PKT 3* Four, pattern block shape BOOKLETS, with 4-on-a-page patterns, which make a “just the right size” mini booklet:

1. Shape UP: featuring “color me” kids holding a shape.
2. Pattern Block Fun: featuring “connect the dots” and “finish drawing the shape” pages.
3. Spying Shapes Inside Shapes: discovering, counting, coloring and naming the various shapes and …
4. Maze Craze: featuring mini mazes in the various shapes, such as “You’re hung up in a hexagon! Can you find your way out?”

pattern block head* A set of “Block Heads”, which I use for flashcards, decorative anchor charts, & the “Four Corners” game. I've included a variety of silly eyeballs to mix & match.  Their "mouth" names the shape.

You can also use as a whole-group craftivity & have students pick their favorite and make one of their own, writing attributes, and why it’s their favorite on the back.

* Pattern block class bookA "trace, write & color" flip-a-strip booklet, as well as a full-page booklet, which can be used for a center, anchor charts or a class-made book.

Hiding hexagon game* All sorts of GAMES, many of which can be used as quick, easy and super-fun assessments, such as the “I Spy A Pattern Block!” worksheets.

* There are a variety of dice games as well, like our favorite “Rack Up a Stack!”

trappezoid tower hexed and cubed pattern block games* Other games include: “Trapped in a Trapezoid”, “Hiding in a Hexagon”, “Trapezoid Towers”, “Rhombus Race”, “Fill it Up”, “Spin to Win”, “Two Trapped Trapezoids”, “Triangle Trees”, and a “Which trapezoid is bigger? challenge.

trapped trapezoid pix* The “Memory Match” game cards can also be used for, Sorting, Patterning, “I Have; Who Has?” 1-to-1 correspondence, “Kaboom!” and “What’s Missing?” activities and games.

traps to a hex pixStudents practice greater & less than, color words, alphabetizing, strategy, graphing, tally marks and addition.

hexagon fill it up copy* The number strip PUZZLES (1-10 & 11-20), help with number recognition, counting & sequencing.

pattern block names* And finally, a cute pattern block name craft, which makes a colorful bulletin board display, and provides a simple way to review shapes, colors, letters, capitalization, alphabetizing and patterns.

patttern block namesThere are several pattern options, including one with the shapes inside square blocks.  Choose your favorite, or give children a choice. 

pattern block pals craft covToday's featured FREEBIE is a simple craft I call, Pattern Block Pals.

trapezoid palThe gloved-hands & tennis shoes on their feet at the end of colorful accordion-folded legs add the "Awww-dorable!" factor.

Completed projects make a super-cute "Getting In Shape" bulletin board display.

Besides my featured FREEBIE you may also be interested in these other FREE pattern block activities

pattern block picturesHolly and Heather over at Prekinders have over 20 free pattern block picture mats in full color, as well as black and white. 
ABC Teach also has a big variety of pattern block picture mats: toys, animals, flowers, and some really interesting and challenging patterns.

alphabet pattern block mats covI was really excited to find a complete set of FREE pattern block mats for upper & lowercase letters as well as numbers over at Confessions of a Homeschooler.  Erica also has a nice set of "complete the pattern" cards.

Me 3Well that’s it for now.  Thanks for stopping by. 

My mom, who is 91, is visiting for the week, so time to do some sightseeing with her. Wishing you a stress-free day.

 "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -Benjamin Franklin 

1-2-3 Come Do Some "Goldilocks & the 3 Bears" Craftivities With Me

sequenicing and retelling a story activities, fairy tale craftsSince "retelling and sequencing a story" are standards I have to teach, I wanted to design a simple and fun little craft that my Young 5s could make, to use as a "hands-on" manipulative, which would "prompt" them as to the sequence of the story, so they could retell it. 

reading fairy tales fairy tale activities and craftsSomething that was easy-peasy for me to prep, as well as interesting for my students. Thus "Wheels", "Sliders" and "Flip-the-Flap" storytelling crafts were born. 

Besides black & white patterns for students to color, I've also included full-color templates, so that teachers can quickly and easily make an example to share.  I'm a firm believer in: "A picture [example] is worth a 1,000 words." 

Not only because attention spans are short, but holding something up and sharing it, also grabs kiddos' attention; they can't wait to make one of their own.  

Take a look at each kind of craft, and decide which is best for your students age, skill-level and time you have to make it. 

There are several options within each packet as well. Pick your favorite or give children a choice.  I make all of the options, laminate and put in my literacy center.

Goldilocks and the 3 bears crafts, goldilocks and the 3 bears activities, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesFirst up, "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears"  Flip-the-Flap booklet. 

The bowl of porridge tells the tale, as students color, cut & collate the “bowl-shaped” pages into a little booklet, which is then glued to the bowl that Goldilocks is holding.

The pages flip up to reveal picture prompts that will help students practice the "sequence & retell a story” standard.

I purposely did not number the pages, so you can check comprehension.
This also allows you to choose less pages for preschool students, who can easily sort beginning-middle-& end, then retell the story with a limited number of “picture prompts”.

Simply run the Goldilocks pattern off on construction paper or card stock.
Students trim & add color.

FGoldilocks and the 3 bears crafts, goldilocks and the 3 bears activities, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesor some 3D pop, have children bend the top of the porridge over, instead of gluing that top section down.

For extra pizzazz & that finishing touch, I also attached a small spoon. These are tiny "tasting" spoons that they sell at party stores.

I bought a set of 24 for less than $2 and my students absolutely loved this "Wow!" factor add on. 

We no longer have "shoe tying" as a standard, but since a spool of ribbon is just a buck at most fabric stores, I let my students try their hand at tying a bow for Goldie's hair, which we attach with a glue dot.

I have a pile pre-made for those who can't accomplish this feat. Just a simple and inexpensive way to embelish the craft and add more fun.

Goldilocks and the 3 bears crafts, goldilocks and the 3 bears activities, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesNext, "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears" Storytelling SLIDERS.

I call them "sliders" because students pull a storytelling strip, filled with graphics through a "window".  As they "slide" the "picture prompts", they retell the story. 

There are 4 outside slider options to choose from: (Mama, Papa & Baby bear, plus Goldilocks). Pick your favorite or give children a choice.

Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

As they pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craftivity home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards

Goldilocks and the 3 bears crafts, goldilocks and the 3 bears activities, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesAfter I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my storytelling slider. I have them guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.  

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.  I’ve included a “Let’s “sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.

There’s also 2, “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheets, as another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions.
You can do this as a whole group activity with little ones.

Goldilocks and the 3 bears crafts, goldilocks and the 3 bears activities, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesFinally, "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears" Storytelling WHEELS.

There are 5 “print & go” options to choose from. One with all three bears featured on the front, as well as a circle with the title on, and 4 “topper” options: Goldilocks, Papa, Mama & Baby bear.

The simple circle with the 3 bears on the front, is the easier option and perfect for little ones.

Since there are 12 picture prompts for telling the fairy tale, I made two, 6-sectioned "pie" wheels, which students glue back-to-back. Children simply flip their wheel over, to continue telling the rest of the story.

4 topper samples for goldilocks and the 3 bears storytelling craftThe reason I made a 6-sectioned pie, instead of one with 12, is that I find that if graphics are too small, students don't do a good job of coloring.

My kiddos seem to choose one color and then scribble on a bit of color. When clip art is larger, they choose more colors and do a much better job of coloring, resulting in a nicer finished project.

Goldilocks and the 3 bears crafts, goldilocks and the 3 bears activities, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesYou don't have to put a BACK "cover" on, but I've included one for that "finishing touch".  Like the slider packet, the wheel packet also has a "Here's What Happened..." writing prompt worksheet to check comprehension and practice writing.

Whether you choose a wheel, slider or a flip-the-flap craft, when everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the fairy tale to each other.  We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.

Besides using crafts to practice language arts standards, I also incorporate a bit of art in learning letters.  

letter crafts, letter h craft, alphabet activitiesToday's featured FREEBIE is our "Letter Hh is for House" craft, which I also use to review shapes and practice our address. 

Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board too, as my students glue their picture on. 

Goldilocks and the 3 bears crafts, goldilocks and the 3 bears activities, fairy tale activities, fairy tale crafts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activitiesWell that's it for today. The weather outside is getting very dark, so a storm is brewing for sure. 

Great for my flower garden, and perfect for snuggling in and getting some more "to do" items checked off my growing list.

Here's hoping the rain will get rid of this yucky mugginess.  Wishing you a relaxing and stress-free day.

"There's a quiet beauty found in nature when the heavens weep." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Bee Activities With Me

My son has taken up beekeeping as a hobby and asked if I would design some educational activities he could share when he gives a talk.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsOf course my answer was yes! This jumbo "Honey Bees!" packet is the result of that request.

So … I spent days reading books and articles, countless hours doing research online, plus more time watching videos.

Fascinated, I sifted through a mountain of material, sorting, consolidating and making it “kid friendly”, while designing fun “stuff” to help students learn about honey bees.

This is a comprehensive and very versatile unit.
Simply choose whatever information and activities are appropriate for your students, then “print & go”.

Don’t know anything about bees? Doesn’t matter.
It’s all in here
, so you too can enjoy learning right along with your students.

I did a ton of work, so you don’t have to!

The packet includes:

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee facts* Honey bee vocabulary (54 words) with definitions & fun word work activities to practice these new science terms, with a “My Bee Words” cover for a student-made dictionary.

* A detailed explanation of each stage of the bee’s life cycle, complete with posters, worksheets, puzzles, games & crafts students can do to help reinforce these concepts.

honey bee worksheets and activities Page 1types of bee info posters* In depth information about the 3 types of bees (queen, drones & workers) and all of their duties, which help run a healthy hive, along with worksheets, a craft. 

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsThere's also a quick, easy & fun assessment game to help check comprehension.

Children color, cut & glue the beehives featuring the 3 types of bees to a Popsicle stick.

The teacher reads one of 30 statements from the "Which Bee Am I?" worksheet. Students decide which bee is being described then hold it up. 

Teacher's can see at a glance who is having difficulty.  It's a fun way to review, before giving older students the quiz, where they circle a Q, D or W.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsBecause I like mixing language arts with science, comprehension can also be checked via a cute "What'll It Bee?" writing prompt, where students explain which type of bee they'd like to be, as well as which one they wouldn't want to "bee". 

There are also quite a few other interesting writing prompt activities which will enhance what students have learned.

* Parts of a bee worksheet-posters.

real photographs of bees their life cycle hives honey beekeepers Page 1* 30 real photographs of the different honey bees, their hives, stages of their life cycle, pollination, and beekeepers. Use these (2-on-a-page) photo posters to introduce the lesson, explain things, then as a bulletin board display featuring students’ work.

You can also have older students pick one and write about it, or make a list of descriptive words.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee facts* 52 interesting facts about bees, which are displayed on mini posters (2-on-a-page). Simply choose your favorites.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsShare the information with your students, then check comprehension with the quick true or false quiz, which can be given orally to younger kiddos, who show their answers with a Popsicle stick puppet paddle.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee facts* A class book, "If We Were Bees" ,along with several poems, plus a variety of word work activities (including rhyming) are also included. 

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee facts* Several "Life Cycle of a Bee" crafts are a super-fun way to reinforce these science terms, as well as check comprehension. 

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsChoose from a variety of puzzles and a flip-the-flap booklet to do as a whole group activity, then set up the rest as independent centers.

* There’s even a splash of math as well; the puzzles practice counting forwards & backwards plus skip counting.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsTake that teachable moment to review ordinal numbers and the hexagon shape with the life cycle crafts, while the “roll & color” life cycle game practices graphing skills, and the honeycomb worksheets reinforce guess-timation, plus greater & less than, with another graphing extension.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsThe versatile bee craft practices number recognition, and also has options for upper & lowercase letter review.

I use the worksheets  as a whole group "I Spy" assessment game. Aterwards, each colorful bee looks different, and teachers can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsYounger kiddos can simply color the hexaagon shapes, while older students color the life cycle, or use the "rip & tear" pattern to help strengthen finger muscles. 

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsThere are a variety of posters & anchor charts in the packet to use in your displays of student work. 

Besides using honeycomb cereal as a manipulative, I have students sprinkle rice on their (glue-traced) "Ee is for egg" worksheet, to help them understand the size and appearance of a honey bee's egg. Besides using honeycomb cereal as a manipulative, I have students sprinkle rice on their (glue-traced) "Ee is for egg" worksheet, to help them understand the size and appearance of a honey bee's egg. 

As you can see there's a huge variety of bee activities in this jumbo packet.

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsI have 3 featured FREEBIES for you today.  The first one is a set of 5, bee-themed puzzles. They are used in a dice game to help reinforce number recognition and simple addition.  

The next one is a colorful anchor chart poster, which shows the parts of a honey bee

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee facts I've also included a picture bibliography of my favorite bee books, plus links to 8 awesome videos about bees, which are educational, short & super-interesting. 

I was absolutely fascinated learning about these industrious insects and hope you will be too.  

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsThe 3rd one is a "Bb is for Bee" coloring page. 

bee activities, bee games, bee crafts, math games, math centers, life cycle of a bee activities, bee themed word work, bee vocabulary, words that rhyme with bee, life cycle crafts, 50 interesting bee factsWell that's it for today.  It's hot & muggy, so I won't be venturing out much. 

Wishing you a relaxing day, filled with a myriad of quiet moments.

"The hum of bees is the voice of the garden." -Elizabeth Lawrence

1-2-3 Come Do Some Bee Crafts With Me

My son Steven, has taken up beekeeping as his latest hobby, and asked if I could make him something that he could share with children when he gives a talk about honey bees and their life cycle.

Today's article features the 5 craftivities I came up with.  Which is your favorite? 

beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activitiesMine is the "Bottoms Up!"  bee craft.  I named it that, because the 4 “pages” of the booklet are located at the bottom of the bee craft, which you flip UP.

beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activitiesEach of the 4 pages, displays graphics depicting a stage of the bee’s life cycle.

Patterns come in color, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share, as well as black & white for students.

PREVIEW honey bee flip the flap bottoms up life cycle craftI’ve provided patterns for a “big bee booklet” perfect for a teacher’s sample, as well as a smaller (2-on-a-page) version for students.

The pages come with a “trace & write” labeled option for little ones, as well as a blank pattern page, so that you can build vocabulary & check comprehension, as students label the life cycle pictures.

There's plenty of room for older kiddos to write something about each stage of the bee’s life cycle, as well as share their favorite fact on the bee's belly, which acts as the last page.

beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activitiesI've also included patterns where the bee has a face, as well as a blank head, so that children can draw their own.  If you like a big-eyed look, you can run off the eyeball pattern. 

Wiggle eyes & pipe cleaner antennae add extra pizzazz.

beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activitiesIntroduce the lesson by reading a bee story, like Gail Gibbons’ book “The Honey Makers”, then share your example.

beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activitiesAfterwards, students transition to making their own booklet, then partnering up, and taking turns explaining the honey bee's life cycle to each other.

If you decide to hang up your students’ work, I’ve included a sweet “Bottoms Up!” poster to use for the center of your bulletin board display. 

Another super-fun way to explain the life cycle of the honey bee is by making a crown. 

My Y5s absolutely love making and wearing crowns, and since there’s a “Queen Bee” involved in the process, it seemed especially appropriate.

bee crowns, crown crafts for kids, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activitiesThere are 7 different life cycle crowns to choose from, including 2 where you can assess comprehension by having students color, cut & glue the life cycle stages in the correct order on their crown, which also reinforces ordinal numbers.

Besides the black & white options for students, I’ve made several patterns in color, so that you can easily make an example to share, helping to explain what you want your students to do, then wear yourself, or give away as a “prize”.

The patterns vary in ease of cutting as well. Choose which is most appropriate for your students’ scissor skills, or run off the assortment and give children a choice.

I’ve included some labeled as well as not labeled crowns to help you reinforce the science vocabulary.

beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activitiesI use yellow bulletin board border for the headbands. Sentence strips also work well. I’ve also seen honeycomb border for sale, which would make things extra special.

When everyone is done,  we take a few moments to get “the wiggles out” by marching around the room to several minutes of Korsakov’s famous “Flight of the Bumblebee”. 

I’ve included links to free music videos on YouTube, along with a photo poster of the composer, that you can share with your students.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much my Y5s enjoyed this activity. The next day one little girl asked: "Can we listen to the bee song?"

beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsTaking a photo of your students wearing their crowns, makes a cute bulletin board.

Ive included a “We’ve been busy!” & “The Life Cycle of a Bee” posters for the center of your display, along with cute frames & name cards for that finishing touch. 

Next up is an interesting & super-simple life cycle of a bee craftivity, that will help practice that toughie hexagon shape. Since the honeycomb shape is a hexagon, I thought it would not only be fun, but especially appropriate.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsBeing able to reinforce this often difficult shape, while learning some science is a double bonus.

The packet includes:
Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kids* A hexagon foldable, life cycle of a honey bee craft, with 2 options.
There are black & white templates for students, which come labeled & blank, as well as full-color options, so you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

* A “Bee Life Cycle” poster
* A colorful “Life Cycle of a Honey Bee” anchor chart, with matching “color & label me” black & white worksheets for students.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kids* Colorful ordinal number, life cycle anchor chart, with matching “color & label me” black & white worksheets.
* Color & identify the honey bee’s life cycle worksheet, with a matching “trace & write” option for younger students.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsWhenever I do a theme in my classroom, I like to put up some decorations that will generate excitement.

With that in mind, I designed this beehive "dangler" craft.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsEven if you don't do this as a whole group, you could make one to introduce the life cycle of a honey bee, then suspend it from the ceiling in a corner of your classroom.

There are a variety of options, so you can choose which is most appropriate for your students’ skill level. Pick your favorite or give children a choice.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsYou can keep things simple for little ones and make your projects flat, or you can add extra pop & pizzazz by making them 3 dimensional by adding extra wings, additional hives, or "hinged" doors. 

I've included complete "how to" directions with plenty of photographs.


Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsThe honey bee craft can be a “topper” for a beehive dangler to add that “wow!” factor. OR…if you like the bee, and want to skip the hive, but still explain the life cycle, I’ve included a “bee back” featuring the 4 stages.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsWiggle eyes and pipe cleaner antennae, also add interest and a 3D effect.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsI’ve included 2 posters: “What’s All The Buzz About?” & “The Life Cycle of a Honey Bee” to use for the center of your or hallway display.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsFinally, since my life cycle wheels have been so popular, I decided to create one for the honey bee.

There are 2 circular wheel covers, as well as a beehive, and hexagon-shaped honeycomb option.

Choose your favorite or give children a choice.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsThe patterns come in black & white for students, as well as colorful templates, so that you can quickly and easily create an example to share.


I make and laminate all 4, keeping them in our science center

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsHexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsWhen everyone has completed their life cycle wheel, review the stages of the honey bee as a whole group, then have children partner up and take turns explaining the life cycle to each other.

Hexagon shaped activities, beekeeping, bee crafts, honey bee crafts, honeybee activities, beehive craft, life cycle of a bee activities, bee crowns, crown crafts for kidsI’ve also included 2 colorful life cycle of a honey bee posters, which can be used to introduce the lesson, then hung up as an anchor chart, or placed in the center of your bulletin board display.

So that you can check comprehension, and reinforce the life cycle vocabulary, the posters also have matching black & white worksheets for your students, with 4 options to suit various levels.

sunglasses craft, summer crafts, summer bulletin board, summer writing prompts, end of the school year activities, end of school writing prompts, summer bulletin boards, activities for ssummer schoolToday's featured FREEBIE, is a super-fun, summer writing prompt craftivity.  I call it "The Shades Of Summer". I hope you find it useful.

Me 3Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

My hanging flower baskets look a bit on the droopy side, time to go water my garden.  Wishing you a fun-filled and carefree day.

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