Thursday, October 23, 2008

Honey Bee Fingerplays and Poetry

Today we made puppets from bees that Superman and Giggly Girl drew earlier in the week.
(The hive pattern is from Homeschool Share.)

We had fun using them to act out these finger plays:

Here is the Beehive
Here is the beehive, where are the bees? (fist with thumb enclosed to make hive)

Hidden away where nobody sees. (place other hand over the hive)

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive. (closely watch the hive)

One, two, three, four, five. (very slowly, beginning with the thumb, fingers come out of the hiveone by one)

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz(all fly away)

Honey Bee
Brown and yellow honeybee (hold up index finger)

Settle on a bloom (Set index on tip of opposite hand's middle finger).

Sip a little nectar, (make sipping noises, tap middle finger several times)

Smell the sweet perfume. (inhale loudly and deeply)

Brown and yellow honeybee (index finger still on middle finger)

Fly from flower to flower (Tap other fingertips with index).

Then fly away, for you don't like (index flies behind back)

The rain of a summer shower (Drum fingers on a table).

Some bee poetry we've enjoyed...

The Violet and the Bee
"And pray, who are you?"
Said the Violet blue
To the Bee, with surprise,
At his wonderful size,
In her eyeglass of dew.
"I, madam," quoth he,
"Am a publican Bee,
Collecting the tax
Of honey and wax.
Have you nothing for me?"

~John Bannister Tabb

What Does the Bee Do?
What does the bee do?
Bring home honey.
And what does Father do?
Bring home money.
And what does Mother do?
Lay out the money.
And what does baby do?
Eat up the honey.

~Christian Rossetti

And finally, my favorite...

The pedigree of honey
Does not concern the bee;
A clover, anytime to him
is aristocracy.

~ Emily Dickinson


  1. LOVE those bee hives Shannon. I will have to remember those patterns from HSS when we row The Bee Tree next.

  2. You guys are having so much bee fun. I enjoyed reading about the field trip especially. I'd love to have hives on our farm. I'm thinking someone else would have to take care of them, though!

    Thank you SO much for the HSBA nomination!! :o) :o) :o)


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