If you’re studying insects, bees, or the letter “B” with your preschooler or elementary-age student, this adorable egg carton bee craft is sure to be a hit.
If you’re doing the craft with young children, it’s a good idea to do some of the steps ahead of time, such as cutting and trimming the bee bodies and cutting out the wings.
Supplies Needed to Make an Egg Carton Bee Craft
- egg carton
- utility knife (to be used by an adult) and/or scissors
- glue (or a hot glue gun with supervision)
- yellow and black paint
- paint brush
- yellow construction paper
- black Sharpie marker
- google eyes
- black pipe cleaners
Cut the cups from the egg cartons. Trim the cups so that two halves fit reasonably well together. (They probably won’t fit exactly). Glue two egg carton cups together, open end to open end, to form the bee’s body.
Cut wings from construction paper. I drew one wing shape, cut it out, and folded it over to trace the form for the second side before cutting it out This way, the wings were relatively uniform in shape.
I also traced around the edges of each set of wings with a black maker, both to give the wing a bit more color and definition and to cover up my questionable scissor skills.
Paint the stripes, alternating yellow and black. It’s a good idea (particularly if you’re using a Styrofoam egg carton) to paint one set of lines first. Allow those to dry, then paint the second set. Touch up as needed.
For younger kids, you may want to use a pencil or a Sharpie to outline the stripes for them to paint.
Step 5: Cut a black pipe cleaner into six 1- or 2-inch sections. Cut two longer sections from a second pipe cleaner for the antenna. Push the short pieces into the sides of the bee for legs and the longer pieces into the top for the antenna.
If you’re using a cardboard egg carton, you may want to use the utility knife to poke small holes into the sides and top to make it easier to insert the pipe cleaners.
Step 6: Glue on the wings and google eyes.
That’s it! A fun, project to add to your study of bees or B’s.