With our garden in bloom bees are around and both of my kids seem to be terrified of them – so it was time to create some cute creative bumble bees to persuade them otherwise.

Nature crafting with preschoolers - making pine cone bumble bees

We’ve recently been on some nature walks and started to collect pine cones again and these looked perfect for our bumble bees they were easy to hold and would be perfect to add to our nature area in the home.

Materials needed for pine cone bumble bees

Pine Cone Bumble Bees - creative nature crafting for kids

Pine Cones
Yellow/Orange Yarn
Plastic Lid
Gold or Silver Pen that will write on Plastic
White Glue
Googley Eyes


Suggestions of Books to read in conjunction with making these see our Bugs and Butterflies Books for Junior Naturalists


How to make pine cone bumble bees

First off make sure that the pine cones are dried out – it’s a good idea to collect them on dry days as well as leave them on a window sill in the sunshine for a couple of days this will ensure that they are fully open and will be perfect for winding the yarn around.

Cut off lengths of yarn – it’s easier for younger children than trying to hold the whole ball and will work better if you are doing with a group of children.

Pine Cone Bumble Bees - creative nature crafting for kids

Start by helping the child wrap the end around one of the pine cone scales to secure it. Then wrap the yarn around it in between the so that you fill in the gaps and produce a stripe effect on the pine cone with the yellow or orange yarn.

Pine Cone Bumble Bees - creative nature crafting for kids

With the googley eyes stick them on with glue – even if they have sticky backs this will help secure them easier than just the sticky backs.

Pine Cone Bumble Bees - creative nature crafting for kids

Cut out two wing shapes from a plastic lid and then draw on them to make it look like wings (this is really just to make it so that you can see them easily once on the bees). Leave to dry for a little so that they don’t smudge.

Pine Cone Bumble Bees - creative nature crafting for kids

Add a bit of glue to the bottom of each wing.

Slide the wings in between the of the pine cone scales and leave to dry.

Nature crafting with preschoolers - making pine cone bumble bees

You could add some white cotton and then hang them to fly from a window catch or a curtain pole – we’ve added ours to our season tree for summer.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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