Hunting for Fun with the Big Honey Hunt!

When we were younger, one of the books that my sister insisted our parents read over and over again was The Big Honey Hunt by Stan and Jan Berenstain. It was her favorite book, and to this day my parents can still recite some of it from memory. When I found the book at my parents house, I couldn’t wait to share it with my daughter. With summer fast approaching, it was the perfect opportunity to have some fun with bee activities!

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The Big Honey Hunt was written and illustrated by Stan and Jan Berenstain. It is the debut of the Berenstain Bear family. The story follows Papa Bear and “Small Bear” (who later becomes Brother Bear) as they go on a mission to get more honey for the family. The father insists he doesn’t need the honey from the store. He will show Small Bear how to get honey from a bee instead. They follow a bee, trying to find his tree, but they quickly discover it isn’t that easy! The fun story and illustrations are sure to entertain kids, (and moms will definitely appreciate the end of the story!). There are a lot of fun activities that you can pair with this book.

Make your own bees!

Bee Craft – We created a fun bee craft which also helped my daughter to work on fine motor skills. Brush some glue onto a paper plate. Set out pieces of yellow and black construction paper. Have kids rip up the yellow paper (because what kid doesn’t love ripping things!), and place the pieces onto the glue. When the plate is covered, put stripes of glue over it. Have kids cut black stripes or rip up black paper into pieces. Place the black paper over the glue to give the bee his stripes. Use the remaining black and yellow paper to create a head, face and antennae for the bee.

Follow the bee!

Following the (Bee) Leader Obstacle Course – Papa Bear and Small Bear follow the bee through a lot of obstacles while trying to find his honey tree. To bring this part of the book to life, I created an obstacle course in our yard. I also created a pair of bee antennae out of a headband and some yellow pipe cleaners. We took turns being the “bee” and leading the other through the obstacles. My daughter really liked leading me around and showing off on all of the obstacles. You can easily set up obstacles using whatever you have on hand. Have kids take turns leading the group, or even creating their own obstacles!

Bee Oreos – Emma at Me & B Make Tea created these adorable bee cookies out of Oreos for Valentine’s Day! She uses ready to roll icing and and flaked almonds to create this adorable snack which kids will adore! Who doesn’t love Oreo cookies? Check out how she made them on her post.

Photo courtesy of Me & B Make Tea

Make a match!

Bee Stripe Pattern Match – This is a fun game that is easy to set up, and helps kids to practice memory skills and pattern recognition. Cut several yellow circles out of construction paper. Use a black crayon or marker to create pairs of bees with matching stripes or patterns. Turn them upside down and have kids take turns trying to make pairs.

Honey Pot Match – This is an easy game for practicing number recognition and counting skills! Using the printable patterns, cut out a set of bees and honey pots. Let kids color the bees and write numbers on the honey pots. Have kids match the correct number of bees to each pot.

The Big Honey Hunt celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2012, which means that generations of kids have enjoyed this story! It is a classic which launched the popular Berenstain Bear family into pop culture. It offers so many opportunities for learning activities and fun discussions during your reading time together!

 


63 Comments

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad

    May 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

    These are such fun ideas! I so need to try these with my son

    • Vicki

      May 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Kristin @littlemamajama

    May 22, 2017 at 11:57 am

    These crafts are so clever! I’ll have to try the bee plate with my kiddos. 🙂

    • Vicki

      May 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you so much! My daughter really enjoyed that one.

  • Casey

    May 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I use to love the Berenstein Bears. I’m not sure I’ve ever read this story though. I love the obstacle course and the honey pot number recognition activity! Great ideas as always.

    • Vicki

      May 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you! I’m not sure I even realized this was their debut until years later! There isn’t a sister and the brother is just named “Small Bear”.

  • Jessica Peresta

    May 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Ahh how cute is this! I just love all of your activities that go along with books.

    • Vicki

      May 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you!

  • Carrie Ostergard

    May 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Adorable crafts. My 6yr old loves Berenstein Bear books I will definitly have to find this one for him.

    • Vicki

      May 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you! I love the Berenstain Bears too! They were some of my favorite books growing up!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    May 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Oh my gosh, the Berenstain Bears used to be my favorite!!! My daughter loves them too. These look like such fun activities.

    • Vicki

      May 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with them! They were some of my favorites too.

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove

    May 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    I love Berenstain Bears! But I’ve never read this one. I’d love for you to link up with our Year of Color party over at my blog! This month is yellow so the bee craft is perfect! http://www.littledoveblog.com

    • Vicki

      May 22, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      I will take a look, thanks! I didn’t realize until much later that it was a Berenstain Bears book!

  • Gina Hill

    May 22, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Wow, you have so many ideas on how to make reading really fun for little ones.

    • Vicki

      May 22, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you!

  • Ashley Peggs

    May 23, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Super cute ideas! What a fun theme that allows you to do many different types of activities with your children! Thanks for sharing

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Stephanie Lowry

    May 23, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I have always lived the Barenstain bears! Takes me back to my own childhood. I’ll have to try some of your activities with the book, they look so fun!

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      I loved them as a kid too! We still have several of the books from when we were younger. I can’t wait to share them with my daughter!

  • Morgan Schoenrock

    May 23, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Love the little crafts to go along with the book! That bee would be great for any age.

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you! My daughter had a lot of fun ripping up the paper.

  • Kayla Nigro

    May 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I seriously love all your ideas for books! They’re so creative – I can’t wait to try them out once my LO is older!

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Aw, thank you so much! It means a lot to hear that! I hope you have a lot of fun with them someday!

  • Melissa @ Disco Bumblebee

    May 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

    These look fun! I am a fan of bees, so we will definitely have to do this.

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      There are so many fun activities to do with bees!

  • jenn

    May 23, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I loved the Berenstain Bears. I remember this book as a child. I think this is a great way to really get the children to enjoy and listen to the book. My son is a little young for those activities right now, but I’ll look forward to doing something like this with him in the future! Those cookies look so good!

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      I hope you do have fun with them someday! The Berenstain Bears were some of my favorite characters growing up, so I’m excited to get to share them with my daughter!

  • Andolina Ziolkowski

    May 23, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I love how you incorporated activities that tied into the story with your children. I feel like that is a great opportunity for them to actually digest the storyline. I’m definitely going to download the Honey Pot Match for my 4-year-old. He can count to an extent and identify groups but he definitely needs practice.

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      I hope it is helpful! I love bringing books to life. I think it gets kids even more interested in the story!

  • Bethany

    May 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Great ideas! We love the Berenstain Bears and with summer approaching I am looking for all the help I can get with keeping my kids busy.

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      I have lots of fun summer activities planned, so I hope you enjoy them!

  • Nicole @OldSchoolReads

    May 23, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I loved the Berenstain Bears as a kid. It’s interesting how their look changed over time. Thank you for all the bee-riffic ideas. Best wishes.

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      I did too! I feel that way about most cartoon characters I love. It’s so interesting to see how our favorite characters develop over time.

  • ejnosillA/RedefiningHERstory

    May 23, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    These are some great ideas for some great summer fun with the kids. I cannot wait for it to stop raining where I live so I can use some of these ideas to entertain my nieces outside.

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      I hope they enjoy them! We had a few weeks of solid rain, but we are luckily having some nice weather finally. Hope you get some too!

  • Shann Eva

    May 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    So many great activities! My boys love the Berenstein Bears books, so I can’t believe we’ve never read this one. It’s going on the list right away. They’d also love that obstacle course.

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you! I love the Berenstain Bears too! My daughter had a lot of fun with the obstacle course! She’s been trying to recreate it for days now.

  • Innana

    May 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Growing up I absolutely LOVED the Berenstain bears!!! I love the craft that was incorporated with this book!!

    • Vicki

      May 23, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you! My daughter had a lot of fun making it.

  • Meredith

    May 24, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this oldie from S&J B!! I love some of the older ones where the bears look a little different. I’ll have to check this one out! Also, I literally just the other week bought one of the newer Berenstein Bears books that their son does…and OMG they had a third bear baby! I was like WHAT?! LOL it was like this crazy reaction that I just couldn’t believe fictional characters I grew up with now have another child. LOL

    • Vicki

      May 24, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Haha, we missed so much! It’s crazy how it affects you when your childhood characters change!

  • Judy Faye Garner

    May 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    How fun and love making memories!

  • Elizabeth Voyles

    May 24, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I definitely remember reading the Berenstein Bears as a kid, although I don’t think I ever read this particular book. I love the activities here so I will have to check it out with my daughters!

    • Vicki

      May 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! It’s a really fun book and we had a lot of fun with the activities!

  • Meg

    May 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    We love this book! What fun activities to go with it, too. I love the bee obstacle course…it might be fun to turn it into a “find the flower” treasure hunt, too!

    • Vicki

      May 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you so much! That would be a great spin on it. I will have to use that since my daughter now loves wearing the antennae all the time and leading me around the yard!

  • April Kitchens

    May 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Will definitely try out the bee craft. Hopefully, I can find the book at the library.

    • Vicki

      May 24, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      I hope you enjoy it!

  • Jasmine Hewitt

    May 24, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I loved this series as a kid, but dont recall this title. I wanna read it!

    • Vicki

      May 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      It’s a really cute one! I don’t think I even realized it was the Berenstain Bears until later in life!

  • Amanda

    May 24, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Wow! My daughter would love all of these activities. I am passing this along to a friend who has a preschool.

    • Vicki

      May 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope they have as much fun with it as we did!

  • Ant

    May 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    The teacher in me loves how you scaffold activities around the books. I do the same for my little one. The bee craft is so simple and I love how I have everything right now to make them.

    • Vicki

      May 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you! Now that I am home with my daughter, this is how I satisfy the teacher in me!

  • Caitlin

    May 25, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I absolutely love anything with bees and these ideas look so fun and adorable! I was never a huge fan of the Berenstain Bears books but I’ve never read this one and would love to check it out. I often use your posts to make library book lists and then we go on a hunt for them each week! 😉 Thanks!

    • Vicki

      May 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      I am so glad to hear that! We had a lot of fun with these activities. This isn’t a typical Berenstain Bears book, so I hope you will like it!

  • Audria

    May 25, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    LOVED these books growing up! hoping to eventually get some for my kids. Love the activities super cute!

    • Vicki

      May 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you! I loved the Berenstain Bears too!

  • Jennifer Corter

    May 27, 2017 at 6:08 am

    I love that bee craft! It is so adorable!

    • Vicki

      May 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Kate A

    June 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I need someone to come make me some bee oreos, stat. Those are so cute!

    • Vicki

      June 6, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      You can’t go wrong with Oreos!