Life Cycle of a Bee Worksheet (8 free printables)

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Today we are learning all about the honey bee. These free life cycle of a bee worksheets are a great way to learn while having fun.

In these 8-page life cycle worksheets all about the honey bee, you will find a life cycle of a honey bee, an information report, opinion writing, honey bee research, and more. These are perfect for 2nd – 4th-grade students. But can be adapted for younger or older students.

This is a no-preparation download, so if you have left it until the last minute (like I normally do!) this will be perfect for the kids at home or in school.

life cycle of a honey bee

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Honey Bee Life Cycle Worksheets

The kids are going to love our free honey bee life cycle worksheet. You will love them too, especially as you will probably have all the supplies you need already!

Supplies Needed:

Life Cycles: Everything from Start to Finish (DK Life Cycles)Life Cycles: Everything from Start to Finish (DK Life Cycles)GLINGLONG Life Cycle Kit Toy Montessori - Realistic Figurine Toys, Kids Figure Animal Match Set with Frog, Ladybug & Butterfly - Includes 12-Piece. Educational & Fun Matching Game for Children 3+GLINGLONG Life Cycle Kit Toy Montessori - Realistic Figurine Toys, Kids Figure Animal Match Set with Frog, Ladybug & Butterfly - Includes 12-Piece. Educational & Fun Matching Game for Children 3+The HoneybeeThe HoneybeeThe Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's BeesThe Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America's Bees


What’s included in the download?

Print out the honey bee worksheets below, they will print out on 9 full pages. Make sure to check the printer settings.

  • Research honey bee information plus find 8 interesting facts about them.
  • Opinion writing.
  • Honey bee fact sheet, use the internet and books to learn more about them.
  • Research the 4 main stages of the honey bee’s life.
  • Color and label the parts of a honey bee.
  • Color and label the different cycles of the honey bee.
  • Honey bee foldable craft, color, cut, stick, and fold the 4 main life stages.
  • Honey bee life cycle spinning wheel craft.

The first worksheet 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 information

Interesting Facts about the Honey Bee

  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: 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. Honey bees 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.

I love this opinion writing worksheet. Which do you like better a butterfly or a honey bee?

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

opinion writing bee

The children will need access to the internet to complete the information about the honey bee. They need to find:

honey bee life cycle
  • 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?

We also use the book Life Cycles for our studies, but they have not included the honey bee. We also love to use this life cycle kit, featuring 24 animals including the honey bee.

Honey Bee Labeling Activities

The next two pages involve labeling and coloring the honey bee.

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

parts of a honey bee

On the next page is the bee life cycle coloring page where they will need to color and label the name to the stage.

honey bee life cycle coloring

Scroll to the bottom of the page to grab all 8 free life cycle of a honey bee worksheets.

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

Honey Bee Crafts

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

 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

When you have finished with these why not download our free b is for bee handprint template for your preschoolers?

The kids are going to love these books about bees too:

Other free life cycle worksheets

For even more free printable science worksheets you will enjoy these:



Tips for downloading the free files

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Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

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Download the free Life Cycle of Bee 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 21 October 2023 by homeschoolof1

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