We made a paper plate bumble bee in preschool

The children at preschool made a paper plate bumble bee…

The children started by using yellow paint and a paint roller to turn their paper plate a bright yellow…

Then the children painted on some black bumblebee stripes with a paint brush. Notice how they used different types of painting tools as this process progressed.

Using different tools for painting keeps the process interesting…

Time to add on the bumblebee head! The children used their fingers to paint on the eyes – another form of painting is now added to this mix…

And then they taped on the bumblebee antennae..

Don’t forget to write that name on the bumblebee before you start to paint!

By |2011-05-22T01:35:04+00:00May 22nd, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. josefina pasten May 22, 2011 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I love it will try it with my students. Any Ideas for zoo animals we’re going next wednesday. 🙂

  2. Erin Klein May 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I love this craft! What a perfect idea for the season. Thank you for always sharing such cute and wonderful ideas. I use to teach first grade, and I used many of your ideas. Now, I am in middle school, but I still use your site with my two children (Riley – 6 and Jacob – 3).

    Thanks for great posts,

    Erin Klein

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      What a jump from First grade to middle school!! I am glad you share the ideas with your own children – they are blessed to have you:)

  3. Our Country Road May 23, 2011 at 12:50 am - Reply

    These are adorable!! I bet your students loved them!

  4. Sherry and Donna May 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Ah their name Deborah … they always forget their name .. hee .. hee.. hee! Cute bumblebees!
    Donna 🙂 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Yes – it kind of presents a problem when they already painted!

  5. pammypam May 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    i did something similar only we used wax paper for wings.

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