Life Cycle of a Bee Worksheet (8 free printables)

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Step into the amazing world of bees with our life cycle of a bee worksheet.

This activity is perfect for kids, parents, and anyone interested in nature. It helps you learn about how bees grow from eggs into adults and shows why bees are so important for our planet.

If you’re a teacher looking for something new for your science class or a parent wanting fun learning activities, this printable is full of interesting facts about bees and their lives.

Our activity sheets are designed to make learning fun. They cover the different stages in a bee’s life, like being an egg, larva, pupa, and finally, an adult bee. It’s a great way to learn about how living things grow and change, why bees are important for making plants grow, and how they help make food for us.

Using these free life cycle worksheets, you can help kids learn more about nature and encourage them to take care of the environment.

free life cycle of a bee worksheets

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Honey bee life cycle worksheets

Get ready to explore the fascinating world of honey bees with our comprehensive and free honey bee life cycle printables.

These educational sheets are not only a fun way to learn about one of nature’s most industrious creatures but are also designed to be easily accessible, requiring only basic supplies that you likely already have at home.

Supplies needed:

Research honey bee worksheets

The first printout is a planning sheet where the children have to find out about the honey bee. What their appearance is, their habitat and diet, movement, and any interesting facts.

honey bee life cycle worksheet

Interesting facts about the honey bee for kids

  1. Honey bees never sleep.
  2. A honey bee can fly up to 15mph.
  3. Honey bees beat their wings 11,400 times per minute.
  4. The honey bee is the only insect that produces food for humans.
  5. A honey bee worker only makes an average of 1/12 of a teaspoon in her lifetime.
  6. Bees transfer pollen between the male and female parts, allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit.
  7. Honey bees live in hives. The members of the hive are divided into three types. The Queen runs the hive. Workers are all female, they get the pollen and nectar, clean, and circulate the air. The drones are the male bees, and their only job is to mate with the queen.
  8. If the queen bee dies, workers will create a new queen by selecting a young larva and feeding it a special food called “royal jelly“.
  9. They have an excellent sense of smell, as they have 170 odorant receptors.
  10. The average worker bee lives for just five to six weeks. But the queen can live up to 5 years.
  11. In the summer the queen can lay up to 2500 eggs a day.
  12. Honeybees are located on every continent except Antarctica.

Did you know there are some bees that live in the ground? Ground bees are just as important as honey bees for pollinating fruit and flowers.

Bee opinion writing

Encourage critical thinking and personal expression with an opinion writing worksheet that compares butterflies to honey bees, asking which the students prefer and why.

When you have finished learning about the beautiful bee why not download our free life cycle of a butterfly worksheets too?

opinion writing honey bee and butterfly

Honey bee fact sheet

This worksheet requires internet research, guiding students to discover more about honey bees, including:

  • In what countries can you find honey bees in their natural habitat?
  • How long do honey bees live? In the wild, and in captivity
  • How many babies do they typically have?
  • The type of birth, is it egg or live?
  • What food do honey bees eat? How do they get their food?
  • What is the population of the honey bee? What is their biggest threat?
life cycle of a honey bee printable

What are the four stages of the life cycle of a bee?

Kids will research and learn about the egg, larva, pupa, and adult stages of a honey bee’s life, gaining a deeper understanding of their development and the cycle of life.

life cycle of a bee (for kids) printable

Honey bee labeling activities

Dive deeper into the world of honey bees with two interactive and educational activities designed to enhance understanding through labeling and coloring. These hands-on activities are perfect for reinforcing knowledge about honey bee anatomy and its life cycle.

Label the parts of a bee worksheet. Find the antennae, head, thorax, abdomen, hindleg, and wing. Then color in the honey bee.

parts of a honey bee

On the bee life cycle coloring page the children will color the eggs, larva, pupa, young bee, and adult bee.

By coloring each stage and labeling them, students can visually track the transformation of bees. This enhances their understanding of biological processes and the importance of each stage in the bee’s life.

honey bee life cycle coloring

We love to add the Life Cycles book to our studies.

Bee life cycle craft

The first page is a fun honey bee craft that involves coloring, folding, cutting, and gluing.

I recommend coloring the images in first. But if you are working with much younger children then you might want to cut them in advance.

life cycle of a honey bee craft

Cut up the honey bee craft, younger children may need some help.

life cycle of a bee craft

Sort the images into the correct order and glue them under the honey. When you have glued the images you need to fold along the dotted lines.

honey bee craft

Bee life cycle wheel

 The next honey bee craft is the life cycle of a honey bee spinner wheel.

honey bee life cycle spinner wheel

Cut out the two circles, and make sure on the honey bee life cycle image you cut out the blank quarter.

Place the honey bee life cycle image with the quarter cut out on top of the other image and add a brass fastener to the middle.

bee life cycle spinner wheel

Younger children will love our b is for bee handprint art!

Books about the life cycle of a bee

Dive into the life of a bee with this engaging children’s book. I Am A Bee introduces young readers to the buzzing world of a honeybee, from its first moments as an egg to its vital role in pollination. Through vibrant illustrations and simple, informative text, this book is perfect for sparking a love for nature and curiosity about the tiny creatures that have a big impact on our world.

Jill Esbaum brings the world of honey bees to life with Explore My World: Honey Bees. This book offers stunning photography and fascinating facts, making it an ideal read for young children eager to learn more about bees. It covers the social structure of the hive, the role of the queen, workers, and drones, and the incredible journey from egg to adult bee.

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann team up to present Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, a beautifully illustrated book that takes readers on a detailed voyage through the life of a honeybee named Apis. From her first moments breaking through her cell to her final flight, this book delves deep into the duties, challenges, and lifecycle of a honeybee with poetic language and scientifically accurate illustrations.



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Download the free printable bee life cycle worksheets

If you are running short on time you can download all of our life cycle worksheets. There are 247 pages over 23 different life cycles.

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 11 April 2024 by Clare

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