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Getting Started with Our Bees & Butterflies Preschool Theme

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of preschool bee theme activities with text: Bee Theme Activities for Preschoolers

We are starting a new unit from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) about Bees and Butterflies. The first two weeks are bees and the second butterflies.

preschooler exploring bee manipulatives and wooden hexagon pieces

Today we learned that bees are our friends by making honey and pollinating flowers so we can get food. We will be watching this all summer when we have vegetables growing in our gardens.

preschooler playing with bee manipulatives and wooden honeycomb pieces

We learned that there are different kinds of bees and wasps. We watched a video about the queen bee and they decide that on this particular queen bee we watched the red spot on her head is her crown!

preschooler sorting bees manipulatives onto wooden hexagon pieces

The children saw a jar of honey with honeycomb in it and they were fascinated. We had lots of learning activities and we learned that honeycomb is made up of hexagons.

preschooler arranging bee manipulatives onto wooden honeycomb pieces

We painted a honeycomb using bubble wrap and yellow paint. We also played with hexagons and bees to make honeycomb in a different way.

preschooler using bubble wrap to stamp on yellow cardstock

I asked them what they thought honey tasted like-one child said "Like Bees"! Thankfully they all loved the honey. We are excited to learn all about bees for the next few weeks with our newest Experience Preschool theme!

preschooler stamping with bubble wrap on yellow cardstock

We spoke about what bees eat and how they pollinate, without bees we wouldn’t have plant foods.

preschool practicing counting with foam dice and fill the honeycomb game

Our preschool class read a book and watched a video about how bees dance to tell where food is.

preschoolers playing fill the honeycomb game on table

We learned about the letter K, made bee-colored sticks to make the letters K and z and played around to find out what other letters, like N, H, etc we could make too. The children played a bee pollen game that was lots of fun as well.

preschooler cutting out bee pictures for honeycomb game

Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we continue our Bees & Butterflies theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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