Exploring Bees with Ivy Kids Kits

Exploring Bees with Ivy Kids Kits


{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Ivy Kids Kits rock! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent Are You a Bee? for this review!

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This kit features the beautifully illustrated book Are you a Bee? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries.

This kit contains over 10 science, math, art, literacy, and engineering activities inspired by the story including:

  • The book Are you a Bee? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries, a fun and interesting story that introduces children to the life of a bee.
  • Bee Life Cycle Figures: Realistic Life Cycle Figures of a bee including the egg, larva, pupa, and adult bee.
  • Plush Bee – A soft and cuddly plush bee
  • Build a Beehive: Use the materials included to construct a hexagonal shaped beehive for your plush bee.
  • Feed the Bees: Bees are important pollinators and we need to protect their habitats. The seed packet provided in this month’s kit contains easy-to-grow wildflower seeds that will grow beautiful flowers that bees will love.
  • Bee Box: Use the paints to decorate the hexagon box and wooden bee body. The bee box will make a beautiful addition to a child’s room and a great place for storing special items.
  • Honey Bee Life Cycle: Use the realistic figures included to explore the bee life cycle. Then identify each stage and match the picture cards to the corresponding space on the Life Cycle of a Honey Bee board.
  • Honey Bee Stick Puppet: Cut out the different honey bee body parts to create a stick puppet.
  • Bee Garden Board Game: Players take turns rolling the die and moving their bees on the flower path, collecting pollen along the way. 
  • Make a Flower Pinwheel: Use the materials to construct and decorate a pinwheel. Take your pinwheel out on a windy day and watch it spin. 
  • Bee Finger Puppet: Create a bee finger puppet for imaginative play and for acting out a song and a poem.
  • Beehive – Roll and Cover: Roll the die and cover the corresponding beehive cell with a grain of pollen (yellow pom-pom). The first player to get rid of all of his pollen wins the game. (Two difficulty levels of this game are included)
  • Beehive Letters Game: To play the game, pick a letter card and then find a picture on your board that starts with that letter sound. The first person to cover all the pictures on their beehive wins the game. (Two difficulty levels of this game are included – Beginning Letters & Beginning Blends & Digraphs.)
  • Bee Race: The bees are trying to get from the hive to the flower.  Which bee will be the first to reach the flower and win the race?
  • My Busy Beehive: Use a bubble sheet to stamp the hive with yellow dots and then use your fingerprints to create bees. What have you learned about bees from reading the book Are you a Bee?

Your Kit includes a guide for each activity to help promote your child’s learning while you play together.

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Some Activities From Our Box…

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After looking through the box, she immediately fell in love with the little plush bee. He is so soft! I love that such quality animals are included and so does my daughter! She got him out and read the book immediately!

The first thing we did was make the pipe cleaner bee.

Bee Finger Puppet: Create a bee finger puppet for imaginative play and for acting out a song and a poem.

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Making the beehive was really neat! I helped her fold and glue to get the entire thing put together.

Build a Beehive: Use the materials included to construct a hexagonal shaped beehive for your plush bee.

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She gathered all of the bees from the kit to display for our photo!

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The life cycle set included in the box is awesome! This goes along with the printable activity discussing the life cycle of a bee.

Honey Bee Life Cycle: Use the realistic figures included to explore the bee life cycle. Then identify each stage and match the picture cards to the corresponding space on the Life Cycle of a Honey Bee board.

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My Busy Beehive: Use a bubble sheet to stamp the hive with yellow dots and then use your fingerprints to create bees.

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She loved the technique so much, she decided to use it to paint her box!

Bee Box: Use the paints to decorate the hexagon box and wooden bee body. The bee box will make a beautiful addition to a child’s room and a great place for storing special items. Ivy Kids Bee Theme-3

Honey Bee Stick Puppet: Cut out the different honey bee body parts to create a stick puppet.

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Make a Flower Pinwheel: Use the materials to construct and decorate a pinwheel. Take your pinwheel out on a windy day and watch it spin. 

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Feed the Bees: Bees are important pollinators and we need to protect their habitats. The seed packet provided in this month’s kit contains easy-to-grow wildflower seeds that will grow beautiful flowers that bees will love.

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She still loves the games! This one was fun!

Bee Race: The bees are trying to get from the hive to the flower. Which bee will be the first to reach the flower and win the race?

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Not everything from this kit is pictured, she enjoyed more of it and is still enjoying some of it! 

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

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A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!



Bugs Sensory Bin

Bug Sensory Bin



In honor of our upcoming BUG theme, I made the them a Bugs Sensory BinIMG_7261

The kids won’t see it until we do our BUG unit, this is one of the other sensory bins I prepared a few weeks ago!IMG_7268

I used green rice to symbolize grass and added some shiny rocks along with my assortment of bugs. Target had some cute bug supplies awhile back and I stocked up then. These magnifying glasses came from Target as well as the butterfly tin.IMG_7263

  • TARGET: mini books, bug hats, butterfly tin bucket, colored bugs, glow bugs, magnifiers, big gross yellow bug, wind up bugs
  • MICHAELS: wooden bugs {from their bead sets}, shiny rocks
  • Insects Tube
  • Learning Resources Bugs

Here’s a few more Bug Sensory Bins I found online…

Be sure to visit my BUG Pinboard on Pinterest for more buggy ideas!


If you haven’t read the Montessori Minute post about sensory play, be sure to read that to see why these bins are so wonderful for kids!

Use this button to jump to all of my Sensory Bin posts anytime. Sensory-Bins6222[4]



Bees ~ Lapbook

The Inside…
Top Left: Queen, Drone, Worker
Bottom Left: Bee anatomy (Enchanted Learning)
Top Middle: Honeycomb Cells (made with glitter)
Bottom Middle: His sentence using “Bee” sight words
Right: The Life of a Worker Bee illustration



Back: Pax’s favorite thing, a maze!