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Whether or not you’re a fan of bees, you can’t doubt the fact that they’re one of nature’s hardest working little insects.
The vast majority of their lives are spent traveling from one group of plants to another, allowing the plants to reproduce through the process of pollination, making them vitally important for not only us humans, but for entire ecosystems around the world as well.
Their importance, however, does not change the fact that small children are often frightened of these creatures.
Their buzzing sound, the fact that they fly, and of course, the idea that they can sting you often send little ones into a frenzy of swatting and running away.
Obviously, this isn’t an ideal scenario for anyone.
Fortunately, changing it is quite a bit easier than you might think.
By adding bees to your lesson plans, it is easy to show children just how good they are for not only the environment but for humans as well.
As they become more familiar with them, they’ll be much less likely to endanger themselves or the bees.
For young preschoolers and kindergartners, this is as simple as adding activities like this set of bumblebee ten frame counting mats to their learning.
They’ll not only start learning a little about these black and yellow insects, but they’ll also work on practicing their early math skills as well.
From tracing the numbers on each card to counting out the manipulatives to fill the ten frame, your child will work on counting, number recognition, one to one correspondence, and so much more!
Counting Bees 1-10
Paired with some adorable bee-themed mini erasers, this set of counting mats make the perfect addition to your Spring lesson plans and prepping them for your little learners honestly couldn’t be easier!
Once you’ve downloaded the printable set, you’ll simply need to print the cards off, cut each page in half, and run them through your laminator for durability.
Grab some bumblebee mini erasers or other bee-themed manipulative and a dry erase marker and you’re ready to start counting!
Each card includes the numeral at the top in a traceable font so that your preschooler can practice their handwriting skills, a beehive with a corresponding number of bees, and of course, the ten frame.
Have them trace the number, count the bees that are buzzing around the beehive, and then count out enough manipulatives to fill the ten frame based on the number on the card.