Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Bee and a Bee Coloring Page. Students will remember all those body parts a bit better if they draw them from scratch.
You could have your students fill in labels on boring worksheets, OR you could have them learn how to draw a bee from scratch so they have to create all those body parts themselves. When they are asked to draw a “thorax” and “abdomen” themselves, they are much more likely to remember which part is which. That’s also true for recalling how many legs they have.
This bee also doubles as a good lesson in symmetry, as the right and left side should match each other. The thorax and abdomen are fairly easy to do, but those bent legs are a little more challenging. If fact, if anyone is struggling with them, I recommend that the end feet are ignored. A leg with one bend will look just fine too.
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Materials to Draw a Bee
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Step by Step Directions
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Bee in 9 Easy Steps
- Draw the thorax.
- Add the head and two large eyes.
- Erase inside the eyes. Draw the abdomen.
- Draw two symmetrical wings.
- Add two pairs of symmetrical back legs.
- Draw front legs and antennae.
- Add veins to the wings.
- Draw stripes on the thorax and abdomen.