Paper Plate Bumble Bee Kids Craft

July 26, 2017 10 Comments
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This is a really lovely simple kids craft to make this Paper Plate Bumble Bee.  It is equally suited to both pre-school children and primary school age children.  You would just need more parental involvement with the younger kids. A perfect activity for rainy days in the holidays.

This little craft project actually came about as an entry for our local horticultural show. In the under 5’s category was a class for a Bumble Bee made from any media.  Oliver wanted to enter, but I was all too aware that he can get bored very easily with craft projects.

We do a lot of crafting in our house, from making peg and pipe cleaner crocodiles; decorating wooden spoons or even making Humpty Dumpty.  Oliver always loves to join in initially, but often his attention is short lived and he loses interest. What he does like to do is make a mess! Tearing up bits of paper and smoothering things in black paint! I had a load of paper plates left over from birthday parties and had been looking for crafts to use them in, so we decided to make a Paper Plate Bumble Bee, and use craft techniques that Oliver would enjoy.

So if you would like to see how Oliver created his Paper Plate Bumble Bee read on, or pin it for later!

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What You Will Need:

  • 3 Paper plates
  • Pencil
  • Gloopey glue (PVA glue to you and I)
  • Black and yellow tissue paper
  • Black and yellow paint
  • Hole punch
  • Split pin
  • Pom pom
  • 2 google eyes
  • 2 black pipe cleaners

How To Make Your Paper Plate Bumble Bee

  • The first thing we did was make the body.  I drew some lines on a paper plate and covered alternate stripes in PVA glue.  Oliver then tore up the yellow tissue paper into little bits and stuck it on the stripes.  When they were covered in yellow we repeated the process on the other stripes but used the black tissue paper.
  • To make the head I cut a circle out of the inner part of another paper plate, and drew a triangle at one end.  Oliver then used paint to colour in most of the head yellow, and the triangle in black.

  • The wings we created with yet another paper plate.  I cut a paper plate in half, and then drizzled gloopy glue all over it.  When the glue was dry, Oliver painted all over it with black paint and then wiped it off with some kitchen towel.  This was really messy, which Oliver loved! I would definitely recommend aprons for this part!

  • When all the components were completely dry, I used a hole punch and connected the pieces together using a split pin.

  • To finish off the head Oliver glued on two google eyes and a pom pom for the Bumble Bee’s nose.  I then secured two pipe cleaners with some sticky tape on the back of the head for antennas.

  • That’s it! Oliver’s simple Paper Plate Bumble Bee.  What do you think of him? Oliver was very chuffed when he won first prize for his efforts at our local horticultural show too.

    Paper Plate Bumble Bee

    What crafts do you do with paper plates? Have your kids entered their crafts into any shows?

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  • carla@ouramanahsourfutures June 23, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    That bee is super cute. A well deserved first prize bzzzzzzzzzz…..

    • Kerry July 6, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Ah thank you!

  • Naomi June 28, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Bees (and butterflies) have all been a part of the theme of our sensory play this week in the ‘junk yard’, so, me & Theon will definitely ‘bee’ going to have a crack at making some of these buzzing beauties! #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry July 6, 2018 at 8:48 am

      I’d love to see some pictures if you do! x

  • Helena July 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Love this creative make. Well done for coming no~ 1 #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry July 6, 2018 at 8:47 am

      Thank you, Oliver had a lot of fun making it.

  • Kelly October 14, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Super cute! I have added your tutorial to our round-up, 12 Awesome Paper Plate Animal Crafts. You can check it out here if you like, Thanks and good work!

    • Kerry October 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks for the inclusion! Love paper plate crafts. Thanks for dropping by x

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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