Freddy the bee

Buzz, buzz, buzz … Freddy the bee invites you to spend an hour or so of singing and handcrafting. But be careful – you could get stung!

1 empty toilet paper tube
1 pair of children’s scissors
Handcrafting paste or glue stick
1 pipe-cleaner (black)
1 dull darning or punching needle
Yarn or nylon thread for hanging

Craft pattern: “Freddy the Bee”
Craft pattern: “Freddy the Bee” coloring page


  1. First, print out the craft pattern on a sheet of paper (DIN-A4). Make sure your printer is set to 100% (see print menu).
  2. Cut out the individual parts (or let your child cut them out).
  3. You can then glue the body (1) around the surface of the toilet paper tube.
  4. To attach the antennae, cut two short slits along the drawn lines. Bend a piece of pipe-cleaner into a “U” and insert it into the slits.
  5. Using a dull darning needle or a punching needle, carefully cut a small hole at the position marked in the middle of the toilet paper tube. Then you can draw a thread through the hole to hang the bee. Tie several knots on the inside end of the thread to prevent the thread from slipping out.
  6. Glue the face (2) to the end of the toilet paper tube after you have attached the antennae. To do this, fold the three tabs down along the dotted lines and glue them to the edge of the toilet paper tube. 
  7. Fold the stinger (4) along the dotted line and glue the front and back sides together. Then cut a slit in the rear section of the bee (3), pull the stinger through the slit and glue it to the inside of the tube.
  8. Then glue the finished rear section of the bee to the other end of the toilet paper tube.
  9. Fold the tabs on the wings down along the dotted lines. Glue the small wings (5) to the left and right sides of the body first, then the large wings.
  10. And now you’re done!

Once your child has chosen a craft pattern to color, he or she should color the individual parts before cutting them out. That will help prevent the smaller parts from tearing or creasing during coloring.

Why not make a colorful mobile with the bee and her flying friends?