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To help Cakey and Doodles learn the letter B we made Letter B is for Butterfly and Bee craft. I really like these kinds of crafts because they help both girls not only learn the letter and something that starts with that letter but the craft allows them to work on learning to use glue neatly. Neatly being the key word. While Cakey is able to use glue by herself she is not always very neat and Doodles is still learning.
The first time Cakey and I did these crafts was in 2014. We are now on our second time going through them (Doodles is on her first time). You can see in the photos at the end a comparison of Cakey’s first time and her second and also Doodles first time. I am hoping to add additional photos when we do our Letter B is for Butterfly and Bee craft again next year.
The first time we made this craft I free handed the additional pieces and cut them out from scrap construction paper. This time I created the images and printed them out. You can find the printables for free here Letter B Butterfly Bee via Dropbox. In this file you will find a large capital B, a lower case b, and a page with the heads for both, the wings and stinger for the bee, and the stripes for the bee.
While the girls were working on their letter “B” crafts, I read The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive from our Tot School Letter B Books list.
Here’s how we did our Letter B is for Butterfly and Bee Craft:
Capital B Butterfly
- Large capital letter B from page 2 of the Letter B Butterfly Bee file
- Construction paper
- Page 4 print out in the Letter B Butterfly Bee file
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Scrap paper to decorate your butterfly
- Print the large capital B on construction paper of your choice.
- Cut out the capital B.
- Print out page 4 from the Letter B Butterfly Bee file and cut out or on a scrap sheet of construction paper cut out a circle with antennae (or just a circle and you can draw the antennae on later). You can also cut out some extra shapes to decorate the butterfly with.
- With your help, have your child glue the butterfly B to a sheet of construction paper.
- Glue the butterfly’s head and googly eyes (if using).
- Glue on additional shapes, if using, to decorate the butterfly’s wings.
Lower case b bee
- Large lower case letter B from page 3 of the Letter B Butterfly Bee file
- Yellow and black construction paper
- Page 4 & 5 print out in the Letter B Butterfly Bee file
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Print the large lower case b on black or yellow construction paper.
- Cut out the lower case b.
- Print out page 4 from the Letter B Butterfly Bee file on yellow paper and cut out or on a sheet of yellow construction paper cut out a circle with antennae (or just a circle and you can draw the antennae on later).
- For the wings and stinger, print out page 5 on a sheet of white paper and cut out or on scrap white paper cut out a wing shape and a triangle for the stinger.
- Print out page 6 on yellow or black paper (use the opposite of what your lower case letter is printed on) and cut out or on scrap paper cut out a few strips to make the bee’s stripes.
- With your help, have your child glue the b to another sheet of construction paper.
- Glue the bee’s head, stripes, wing, and stinger on.
Cakey’s first Letter B is for Butterfly and Bee Craft 2014
As you can see, Cakey really wanted to color the pictures. I tried to get her to make a pattern on the butterfly’s wings and she did, I guess. It’s just a very unique pattern.
Cakey’s second Letter B is for Butterfly and Bee Craft 2016/2017
Cakey put her heads on backwards so she had to draw on the mouths. I think she thought she couldn’t use googly eye if it was on the other way.
Doodles first Letter B is for Butterfly and Bee Craft 2016/2017
Doodles, of course, followed her sister’s lead and put her heads on backwards too.
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Have you and your kids ever made a Letter B is for craft? What animal or food did you make for the letter B?
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