What You Need:
- Construction paper
- Black and yellow tissue paper, cut or torn into small pieces
- Clear drying, non-toxic glue
What You Do:
- First, learn all about bees with your child. Take a trip to the local library and look through books and magazines about these amazing insects. Look for illustrations and photographs that clearly show what a bee looks like, focusing on pattern and texture. Explain to him why bees are so important: how they help flowers grow, how they make honey, etc.
- Before starting the craft, take a walk around your yard or a local park. Encourage him to collect fallen flower petals and/or leaves for the collage, but remind him not to pick the petals or leaves of live plants.
- Now start the collage. Ask him to draw an outline of a bee, including its stripes, on a sheet of construction paper.
- Encourage him to crinkle, crumple, and bunch up the tissue paper pieces, then glue them onto the bee drawing.
- Help him glue the leaves and flower petals on or around the bee. Flower petals also make great wings!
- Set the collage aside to dry.
- Hang it up and enjoy!
If he enjoys this science-based art exploration, try making other insect collages. Make a dragonfly, ant, or even a beautiful butterfly!