Explore nature and learn more about how the honey bee is the world’s most important pollinator. Human’s need bees to pollinate plants that produce fresh food for our consumption and survival. Artists will learn new techniques on how to use glue and tissue paper to create a beautiful stained glass effect.
Learn more about the importance of the honey bee by watching these informational videos.
Learning Video activity ideas: Have younger children verbally recite 2 things they learned from the video.
Have younger children verbally recite 2 things they learned from the video. For older children ask them to write 3 sentences about something they learned from the video.
Suggested TASKS before you start the art project
Go on a nature walk and observe the following
1. Do you see any flowers?
2. What color are the leaves, and the grass?
3. Do you see any blooming flowers? If yes, what color and shape are the flowers and the petals?
4. Take a minute to observe the flowers and see if a honey bee comes to visit the flower to pollinate it?
5. What does the honey bee look like, what does it sound like?
When you are ready to create your honey bee stained glass, watch the video below and follow along with Kiki in the Chassis.
Ideas for Scaling the Activity:
Ages 4-5 years: Children in this age bracket can work on tracing along the lines and colouring inside the lines. tearing or cutting small pieces of tissue paper.
Ages 5-6 years: Children in this age bracket can work on; Writing their name, cutting simple shapes and pasting tissue paper with independence,
Ages 6-7 years: Children in this age bracket can work on; tracing detailed lines/picture of the bee image provided.
Ages 8 and up: Children and adults in this age bracket can work on; cutting or tearing paper with accuracy, tracing with accuracy, and exploration of their creativity by adding to or altering the bee image when decoupaging or painting it.
Applying math and time concepts to the real world. For example, provide the person doing the craft with a time frame then have that individual figure out how much time is needed to complete the individual activity steps. Research how many bees live in a hive and what their life cycle is in relation to the seasons.
Writing Concepts: For example, write out steps for the activity. Write sentences describing what a bee looks like, Research where honey comes from , then write about how bees make honey and what the honey sample provided in the kit tastes like.