Talk about bees that use hives as homes. Then try this fun activity. Give each child a small plastic cup (bathroom cup). Instruct children to turn cups upside down on a table. Help children paint the sides of their cups with glue. (They can steady their cups by putting a finger firmly on the top of the cup as they paint.) Next, help children start at the bottom of the cup and wrap thick yellow yarn around and around up the sides of the cup. Paint glue on the top of the cup and cover it with pieces of more yellow yarn. Let children glue a half circle of black paper onto the bottom edge of the "hive" for a door. Finally children may want to glue a bee (made of paper, plastic, or fabric) to the side of the hive.
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