This Bee Art Preschool Activity is perfect for encouraging creative thinking and practicing fine motor skills with your toddlers and preschoolers. Add it to your next Bugs or Bees unit for a quick & easy STEAM activity for little kids!
This week we started a brand new theme, Bugs & Crawly Things. How fun! I always look for a great hands-on STEAM activity to get us started and today’s Bee Art Preschool Activity was exactly that.
Bee hives or colonies contain three types of bees: the queens, the workers and drones. Honey bees live through the winter in their hives. Bees protect themselves by building their hives in very secret spots.
We used colored water and eyedroppers to make honeycomb paintings and both kiddos had a blast! It was a wonderful, sensory-based fine motor activity that encouraged creative thinking and problem solving skills.
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What you’ll need
- Ice Cube Tray
- Paper Towel
Here’s how to do it
- Mix paint and water. Pour it in the sections of an ice cube tray.
- Set out a long strip of paper towel, the ice cube tray with paint and an eyedropper.
- Encourage the child to squeeze the eyedropper to suck up paint then squirt it on the paper towel to create designs.
This was such a quick & easy activity that we adapted from the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebook. We’ve been purchasing this supplement each month because it adapts the activities in the preschool curriculum to be developmentally appropriate for baby girl.
The Teacher Guide suggested paint mixed with water, but we used food coloring instead. We started off with an ice cube tray filled with water, which meant an impromptu color mixing lesson for the little guy and I. We made lots of different colors just by mixing food coloring with water.
While this activity was more about creativity for the little guy, baby girl benefited most from the fine motor practice. Learning when and how to squeeze and release the eyedropper is a great way to work the important muscles that help toddlers perform tasks such as feeding themselves and drawing or writing.
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Bugs & Crawly Things theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed it, check out this year’s preschool homeschool space post.
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