Bee Builders

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In this activity, learners make a model of a beehive using simple materials. In the process, learners discover that honeybees build their hives using wax from their bodies, shaped into 6-sided cells where honey and eggs are stored for protection. The "Did You Know" section details how many eggs a queen bee can lay in one day, and how scout bees tell others to find flowers. This activity could be used in conjunction with the Hexagon Hunt activity also found on Lawrence Hall of Science Kids Site.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Large, brown paper shopping bag
  • Cardboard egg carton (or two)
  • Yellow, dark brown, and white construction paper
  • Wax paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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