Spring has come, the flowers are blooming, and the bees are buzzing! Toilet paper roll bees are a great way to reuse leftover paper rolls from toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. Plus, they’re easy to make, and a great way to develop fine motor skills.
- Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut in half
- Pink paint and a small paint brush
- Black marker
- Cardstock (white, black, and yellow)
- Small googly eyes
- Black pipe cleaners
- Small black pom poms
- Child-safe glue
- Cut a rectangular piece of yellow cardstock to fit around the paper roll. Overlap the edges of the paper slightly and glue along the seam.
- Cut 2 narrow strips of black cardstock. Glue around the paper roll to make stripes, leaving a space on top for the bee’s face.
- Add 2 googly eyes to the front of the paper roll where the bee’s face will be.
- Draw the mouth with a black marker below the googly eyes.
- Dip the paintbrush in the pink paint and add 2 dots of paint on either side of the mouth to make cheeks.
- Cut the pipe cleaner in half, then bend one of the pipe cleaner halves into a “V” shape for the antennae.
- Glue 2 pom poms onto each end of the pipe cleaner antennae. Glue the pipe cleaner to the inside top of the paper roll, behind the bee’s face.
- Cut out two wings from white cardstock. Glue them to the back of the paper roll bee.
Children can customise their bee however they want—for example, you could let them paint the yellow or white cardstock before you make the bee to make a fantastically coloured bee!