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Busy buzzing bees are a great addition to your insect theme. Add in some fun with playdough and these free Bee Life Cycle Playdough Mats.

Benefits of Playing with the Bee Life Cycle Playdough Printables

When we think of playdough play, we know that all the squishing, twisting, and turning boosts fine motor skills, but playing with playdough also develops creativity, problem-solving skills, and language.

Playdough play encourages creativity and imagination. The playdough images on the bee life cycle playdough mats are black and white. This causes the student to imagine what colors of playdough to use. Students can also use playdough to add details to the mats such as sunshine or clouds.

Children can try different approaches to completing the tasks without breaking anything—because it’s just dough! This encourages problem-solving skills.

The life cycle of a bee playdough activities will also encourage language and literacy. Students will review or learn some new vocabulary words such as egg, larva, and pupa.

Creating with playdough is also wonderful for children because it gives them a sense of pride when they complete a task.

What’s Included in the Bee Life Cycle Playdough Mats?

This file includes three playdough mats and a set of four playdough cards.

The first mat is for beginning readers who are learning alphabet sounds: B is for Bee.

The second mat is also for beginning readers: H is for Hive.

The second playdough mat and the cards can be used to teach your student about the life cycle of a bee.

After the student learns the life cycle, cut apart the cards and let your student sequence them before creating the bee’s life cycle out of playdough.

How to Get Started with the Bee Life Cycle Playdough Mats

1. Laminate the playdough mats or put each one in a dry erase pocket or page protector.

2. Give your student playdough and let him complete the activities (right on the mats!).

3. Print the playdough cards and cut apart the cards. Let your student put them in order (egg, larva, pupa, and adult bee) and use space on a desk or table to create the objects on the cards.

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Life Cycle Playdough Mats Bundle

Grab the entire set of life cycle playdough mats in the Tip-Top Printables Shop, or use the buy button below.

You’ll receive playdough mats for the following plants and animals:

  • Apple Tree
  • Bee
  • Butterfly
  • Frog
  • Ladybug
  • Pumpkin
  • Robin
  • Sunflower

More Insect Printables for Your Preschool

Add to your insect theme with some of these printables:

The Very Quiet Cricket Unit Study & Printables
Butterfly Life Cycle Playdough Mats
The Very Lonely Firefly Unit Study & Lapbook