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When it comes to making fun crafts with the kids, Valentine’s Day is one of my absolute favorite holidays!
The possibilities, when it comes to valentine crafts, are endless and really, who wouldn’t love an adorable personalized Valentine made by little hands?!
Since most of the preschoolers that I’ve known throughout the years have been obsessed with all things insect related, we had to make sure that we included them in one of our Valentine themed crafts. And in that, we definitely succeeded!
These little heart shaped bumblebee crafts are super easy to make, take hardly any time at all, and are a great activity for your class party or even for a bee theme unit as they’ll help your preschoolers work on their scissor skills! And when you’re all done, you’ll have one of the cutest Valentine crafts that you’ve ever seen!
Supplies Needed for the Bee Mine Valentine Craft
To make this adorable bee mine craft, you’re going to need to gather a few supplies. You’ll need:
- Black, yellow, and either pink or red construction paper
- A marker
- Scissors (for little ones just starting to use scissors, this is our favorite pair)
- Black pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Valentine bee craft template (you can grab the FREE template at the bottom of this post)
Gather up your supplies and cut out your heart templates if you’re using them to get them ready for your students.
Step-by-Step Directions for the Bee Mine Valentine Craft
1. Start by printing off the heart templates and cutting them out if you’re using them.
If you decide to make your own hearts, just fold your pieces of construction paper in half, draw a half heart shape along the fold with a black marker, and have your kids grab their scissors and cut along the black line.
In total, you’ll need:
- 2 large black hearts
- 2 large yellow hearts
- 2 large red or pink hearts
- 2 medium red or pink hearts
- 2 small red or pink hearts
While this craft is a fantastic way to work on those scissor skills, if you’re working with younger children, you may need to help them with cutting out some of the hearts for this project. Older kids should be able to cut out all of the pieces that they’ll need on their own.
2. Assemble the bee body by creating a pattern of black, yellow, black, yellow.
Starting with one of your black hearts, lay each heart on top of the one before it and glue them together to create the bee strips.
To make sure that you can see the face of your bumblebee, start with black on the bottom and work your way up finishing with a yellow heart.
3. Give your bee mine valentine craft some wings!
Flip your bee over and glue your large red or pink hearts to the back of the bee so that they are sticking out on either side.
4. Next, make your antennas by cutting a pipe cleaner in half and taping one of your medium hearts to each one.
Tape the other end of each pipe cleaner to the back of your bumblebee.
Once those are on, all you’ve got left to do is add a face onto your Valentine bee craft!
5. Give your bumblebee a face!
Glue on some googly eyes, draw a mouth using pencils, crayons, or markers, and glue your small hearts on each end of the smile and you’ve got yourself an adorable little bumblebee Valentine paper craft!
6. Add a final, special touch by either adding the “Bee Mine Valentine” words from the template to your craft or by having your students write it along their yellow strip.
If you’d like, you can also leave it as is and enjoy a ridiculously cute heart-themed craft that would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day themed bulletin board!
Tips for Making Your Own Bee Mine Valentine Craft
- Printing the heart templates on card stock makes them a little sturdier and easier for little hands to work with.
- When outlining the templates on your construction paper, use either a white crayon or a white piece of chalk on the black paper to make it easier for your students to see.
- Use this craft to work on size words with your preschoolers! If you haven’t already, go over small, medium, and large with your students and use the heart cutouts from this craft as a visual representation of those words.
More Fun Valentine Themed Activities
Whether you’re building out an entire Valentine’s Day theme unit or you’re just looking for a few fun ideas for your class party, we’ve got you covered!
- Love Bug Name Craft
- One More One Less Valentine Counting
- Valentine Tic Tac Toe
- Heart Pattern Matching File Folder Game
- Valentine Number Mats
- February Counting Cards
- Heart Shaped Butterfly Craft
- Valentine Paper Heart Chain
- Minion Valentine Box for Kids