My students absolutely love wearing a crown, and since there’s a “Queen Bee” involved in the life cycle of a bee, I thought it would be interesting to design a few life cycle crowns, as a quick, easy and super-fun “print & go” craftivity to help children learn about bees.
There are 7 different life cycle crowns to choose from, including 2 where you can assess comprehension by having students color, cut & glue the life cycle stages in the correct order on their crown.
Grab that teachable moment to reinforce ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th) as well.
Besides the black & white options for students, I’ve made several patterns in color, so that you can easily make an example to share, helping to explain what you want your students to do, then wear yourself, or give away as a “prize”.
The patterns vary in ease of cutting as well. Choose which is most appropriate for your students’ scissor skills, or run off the assortment and give children a choice.
I’ve included some labeled as well as not labeled crowns to help you reinforce the science vocabulary.
Little ones can color the labeled pictures, while older students can write in the names of the various stages of the life cycle, which is a simple way to check comprehension and build vocabulary.
I use yellow bulletin board border for the headbands. Sentence strips also work well. I’ve also seen honeycomb border for sale, which would make things extra special.
Kiddos glue their crown to the center of the strip; I wrap it around their head, snip and staple.
When everyone is done we take a few moments to get “the wiggles out” by marching around the room to several minutes of Korsakov’s famous “Flight of the Bumblebee”.
I’f you’d like to do this with your students too, I’ve included links to free music videos on YouTube, along with a photo poster of the composer.
Taking a photo of your students wearing their crowns, makes a cute bulletin board. Ive included a “We’ve been busy!” & “The Life Cycle of a Bee” posters for the center of your display, along with cute frames & name cards for that finishing touch. (Check the PREVIEW.)
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy learning about life cycles with a science crown.