Here are a few more Montessori Preschool activity ideas with photos to share from our study of honeybees, which I began in Part 1 of this series.
I think the cutest part of the whole theme was seeing the children “buzzing” around the garden with their cotton swab honeybees taking great care to pollinate the various flowers. They took their job very seriously and it was adorable to watch!
Learning About Honeybees with Fun Montessori Preschool Classroom ActivitiesBee Washing:
Chopsticks and Colored Bees:
This activity was found at a teacher’s store and it is one of my favorites. The children first build the honeycomb any way they want and then use the chopsticks to place the colored bee in the corresponding colored cell of the honeycomb. It’s not only cute, but it is an excellent activity for refining a child’s fine motor control and concentration!
Beehive Finger Play:
The child hides the bees under the beehive and recites the following finger play. When they get to the end of the finger play, they remove the bees one by one and then arrange the numbers in order on the felt board.
Here is the beehive
But where are the bees
Hiding inside where nobody sees
Watch and you’ll see them come out of their hive -- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
I was introduced to this concept at a nature workshop and the children loved it. First you insert a cotton swab in the end of a straw and tape it so it stays in place. Then you color the end of the cotton swab with a yellow marker and then use a black sharpie to make the stripes. Voila -- the perfect honeybee! Each child is given a “Cotton Honeybee” and shown how to pollinate the flowers in the garden. The children were so cute running around the garden collecting pollen from the stamens of the flowers and then buzzing along to the next flower. Such a fun, hands-on way to learn about pollination!
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