Use this printable honeycomb alphabet with these fun bumble bee-themed letter activities to add a hands-on buzz to your bee literacy activities!
Printable bee alphabet honeycomb letters
Using alphabet manipulatives like these is a great way to get to know letters. They provide a useful visual reference for children, and are cute and fun to play with.
Swapping your resources to match the themes of the year keeps things fresh and interesting for children – calling their attention back to the materials with renewed interest. These honeycomb letters are part of our complete resource of lessons plans about bees and growing sunflowers.
The honeycomb letters, along with the activity ideas I’ll share with you, keep literacy learning hands-on, multi-sensory and encourage children to use all their senses as they play and learn.
How to Use Your Honeycomb Letters
You can print them onto card, cut them out, and play. You can laminate them for extra durability if you like.
:: Use the honeycomb letters to play matching games. Print two sets and see if you can match up pairs of letters.
:: Place two sets of the honeycomb letters face down and use them to play Memory.
:: Hide the whole alphabet around the house or garden and see if your little bees can fly around and collect them all and place them in alphabetical order
:: Use the letter cards for spelling practice. You can fit the honeycomb letters letters together to build your own letter hive full of words
:: Use the honeycomb letters cards in a sensory tub. Hunt them out and see if your child can say the name or sound of each letter
:: Use the honeycomb letters to spell your own name, or some of the vocabulary you are learning as part of our Sunflower Club
:: Use them with a sensory writing tray
:: There are extra honeycomb cards with the letter ‘b’ on them, included in the pack. You can use these as a visual discrimination activity. Lay out the letter cards like a hive, including the extra ‘b’ cards. Can your child hunt out all the ‘b’s? Shuffle the cards and lay them out again and see if you can find them even faster this time. This kind of activity where you need to locate one particular feature (in this case the letter b) helps children learn to discriminate visually – looking carefully, accurately, and quickly for a particular item. It’s an important early literacy skill and this game will help your child hone their skills while having fun.
Sunflower School curriculum and printables
The Sunflower School curriculum matches a full programme of learning to the natural growing cycle of sunflowers.
It gives you six units of learning:
:: In the spring we’ll focus on planting and watching our plants grow.
:: In the summer we’ll learn about bees and pollination, and celebrate the gorgeous blooms through art.
:: In the late summer and early autumn we’ll turn our attention to harvesting, sustainability, and closing of the growing year.
Bonus sunflower printables
Our Sunflower School curriculum comes with 30 pages of bonus printables that you can use with your children to enrich their learning, including:
- My Sunflower Journal printable
- Lined, plain, and half-and-half journal pages
- Sunflower poems printable
- Sunflower sticker sheet
- Printable plant labels
- Sunflower counting mat
- Sunflower addition mat
- Sunflower subtraction mat
- Sunflower word mats
- Bee number cards
- Bee writing and scissor skills pages
- Garden Creatures page
- Honeycomb alphabet
- Printable seed packets