What You’ll Need
- snack box
- long cardboard tube
- construction paper
- white paper
- wiggle eyes*
- black thread
- paper plate
- metal fastener
What to Do
- Cut the top off a large snack box, and cut an opening in the front. Decorate the box with cardstock and markers to look like a beehive. Add a ribbon handle to the top.
- For the bees, cut a long cardboard tube into sections. Cover them with construction paper. Add pompom heads, wiggle eyes, paper wings, and thread antennae.
- Make a spinner from a paper plate. Using a marker, draw three sections on the plate. Label them “Fly Ahead 1 Flower,” “Stay for Nectar,” and “Fly Ahead 2 Flowers.” Cut an arrow from cardstock and attach it to the plate with a metal fastener.
- Cut 10 flowers from cardstock. Decorate them with paper and markers.
To play: Create a path with the flowers, ending at the hive. To begin, each player puts a bee on the flower farthest from the hive. Players take turns spinning and following the instructions. The player who reaches the hive first becomes the Queen Bee. The others become worker bees in order of arrival.
*choking hazard for children 4 and under
Extend the Fun
For younger kids: Learn more about how bees cooperate in the hive, and the job each type of bee performs. Does that sound like how a family works? Talk about it. When you see a jar of farm-fresh honey for sale, read the label; can you visit that apiary and see the hives?
For older kids: With a group of friends, take on a project to protect bees. Investigate natural alternatives to pesticides, and learn more about the virus that is threatening bees. Spread your message: Glue a stake to the back of a wooden plaque and write NO SPRAY—SAVE THE HONEYBEES on the front using weatherproof paint. Stick your sign in your lawn or garden.