Your kids will love labeling the parts of a honey bee lego activity.
Bees are fascinating little creatures from how they create their honeycombs to maximize space, to how they know to fan the hive to keep it cool.
Bees are used in so many ways than just the delicious honey they produce.
We use beeswax in cosmetics, candles, as a coating, and bee venom is used as a holistic treatment.
Labeling the Parts of a Honey Bee
Because they are so very important to our world as pollinators I think it is important to educate our children about them from the beginning.
If you’ve been homeschooling awhile you know that hands-on activities really drive home information in a fun way that really makes it stick, often better than any worksheet could.
Since most kids love LEGO, I thought that an activity using them would be a hit with the kids and turn an ordinary and possibly boring homeschool lesson into something unique and fun.
Turns out I was right- The kids loved doing this project and I hope you and yours will too!
Grab a big bucket of LEGOS and a handful of bee books and let’s get started.
You will need:
A LEGO baseplate.
Assorted LEGO bricks
- Cardstock paper
- A book or printout of parts of a bee
- Pen or marker
Hands-on Activity for Honey Bee
Directions for honey bee LEGO:
You can make this as simple or as involved a LEGO build as you like depending on the age and ability of the child.
Using the larger Duplo blocks to create a simple bee and let your child point out the various parts of a bee as you call them out is another idea.
Provide your child with a book or printout on the parts of a bee to use as a model and a variety of LEGO to build their bee model.
Give them a large variety of LEGO bricks to build with, I love this starter box for kids just beginning a LEGO collection.
I keep a box for each kid separate from all the other LEGO in the house just for school projects like this.
Have them start with creating a head, thorax, and abdomen using yellow and black bricks.
Add wings using white bricks.
For older children you can differentiate forewing and hindwing if you like.
Use long single row black bricks to create 3 sets of legs.
Finally add eyes and antennae.
Cut small strips of cardstock and add the names of whichever bee parts you would like your child to identify.
Give them the strips and let them locate each part on their LEGO bee, with so much interaction while building and then labeling they are sure to retain much of the information they get from this build.
Here are some additional bee activities to try
- Create a honey bee lapbook.
- Create the life cycle of a bee using LEGO again.
- Pick up some local honey and try it right out of the jar as well as in a recipe or two.
- Make a honeycomb by cutting down toilet paper tubes and bending each ring into a hexagon, glue each together to create any size you like.
- Paint a watercolor bee or beehive.
- Thumb through one of the books listed below and learn some more bee information-make flashcards.
- Plant flowers in your yard to help support the bees, very important pollinators.
- Make a mason bee house to put up outdoors.
- Preschoolers can work on fine motor skills by transferring “pollen” (yellow pom poms) from one flower (colorful bowl) to another with tongs.
- Research all the products we get from bees.
- Give your child a bee themed writing prompt for handwriting, creative writing, and grammar practice such as “ What if there were no bees?” or “ The day I turned into a bee…”.
Hands-on Science: Labeling the Parts of a Bee
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