Bee Art Preschool Activity

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! 

Bee Art Preschool ActivityThis 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. 

preschoolers using eyedroppers and ice cube tray filled with colored water for Bee Art Preschool Activity
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. 

preschooler using eyedropper to drip colored water on paper towel
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. 

preschool creating bee art using an eyedropper and colored water
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

preschooler using red colored water to make Bee Art on paper towel

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

preschoolers squeezing eyedroppers to make Bee Art
Honeycomb Painting

What you’ll need

  • Paint
  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Paper Towel
  • Eyedropper

preschool squeezing colored water onto a paper towel to make Bee Art
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. 

preschooler filling eyedropper with colored water
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. 

Bee Art created by dripping colored water on to a paper towel
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. 

finished Bee Art Preschool Activity
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. 

preschooler's Bee Art
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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