Looking for an activity that combines music, art and literature? No problem! This fun abstract art project for kids combines all three in super easy and engaging way. I do this every year with my 2nd graders, and they absolutely love it!
This is also a perfect activity for parents and kids to do together. Simply sit down with your kids, listen to the music, and have fun creating bee-inspired abstract art together!
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Flight of the Bumblebee: Abstract Art Project for Kids
There are three easy steps to this project; listening, creating, and reading.
For this project you will need:
- 1 piece of white 8.5 x 11 card stock for each person (white paper would work too)
- 1 piece of brightly colored card stock to mount the finished project.
- glue or double-sided tape
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Step 1: Listen to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee
Have kids listen to Flight of the Bumblebee. This version is by the Canadian Brass, and it is phenomenal. If they choose, kids can pretend to be a bumblebee and move to the music!
Step 2: Create Bumblebee Abstract Art for Children
Each child (and you too!) will need a white piece of paper and a dark colored marker for this part. Listen to the music again. When the music starts have your child begin drawing the path of the bee. The pen cannot leave the paper and must stay moving until the music stops. I usually pause the music after 45 seconds – 1 minute.
Now for the fun part! Using brightly colored markers, have kids color in the spaces between the lines. Use lots of different colors!
When all the spaces have been colored, cut out around the outside of the lines and then glue onto colored paper.
Step 3: Read The Honeybee Man
This is an awesome children’s book about bees. It’s especially helpful for kids who are a little afraid of bees to begin with. Sometimes just learning more about something is enough to help kids overcome their fear!
“Every morning, Fred climbs three flights of stairs—up to his rooftop in Brooklyn, New York—and greets the members of his enormous family: “Good morning, my bees, my darlings!” His honeybee workers are busy—they tend the hive, feed babies, and make wax rooms. They also forage in flowers abloom across Brooklyn… so that, one day, Fred can make his famous honey, something the entire neighborhood looks forward to tasting.”
This terrific book is available on Amazon in both Kindle and hardcover. Get your copy of The Honeybee Man on Amazon.
I hope your kids enjoyed creating this fun abstract bumblebee art project! For more engaging art project for kids, check out my popular post, 10 Insanely Fun Crafts Your Kids Need To Make Now!
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