Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Painting to Music Bumblebee Craft (A Flight of the Bumblebee Music Appreciation Activity)

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J loves to paint.  So to go along with our Flight of the Bumblebee music appreciation, I came up with this adorable bumblebee craft that combines music and art.

Painting to music bumblebee craft: A Flight of the Bumblebee music appreciation activity for kids from And Next Comes L

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First, I printed off a copy of the sheet music for "The Flight of the Bumblebee" from here.  I chose to do a piano version by Rachmaninoff based on Rimsky-Kosakov's theme, but pick anything that you'd like.  Then I gave the boys some black and yellow tempera paint.

Materials used for the painting to music bumblebee craft from And Next Comes L

To set the mood, I played a recording of "The Flight of the Bumblebee" from this cd.  You can also use a recording from youtube if you'd like.  With the music playing in the background, it was finally time to paint.

It's so interesting, to me at least, to see how J and K approach an art project.  They are so different.  J, for instance, started off by painting out the words "The Bumble Bee."

J painting to music from And Next Comes L

He also wrote "the waters" and the number 33.

J writing and painting to music from And Next Comes L

Then he finally painted it like crazy, while staying almost completely clean and paint free.

J painting to music from And Next Comes L

K, on the other hand, got messy.  He's a toddler, what else can I say.

K painting to music from And Next Comes L

Painting to music from And Next Comes L

Painting to music from And Next Comes L

K getting messy painting from And Next Comes L

Once the paint was dry, I cut out bumblebee shapes from their paintings.  I then cut out two wings for each bee.  I used vellum for the wings and fastened them to the bee body using a brad fastener, which means the wings can rotate.  Then I drew a smile and glued a googly eye onto each bee.

Here's K's bee.

Painting to music bumblebee craft: A Flight of the Bumblebee music appreciation activity for kids from And Next Comes L

And here is J's bee.  You can see the number 33 still on the body.

Painting to music bumblebee craft: A Flight of the Bumblebee music appreciation activity for kids from And Next Comes L

Painting to music bumblebee craft: A Flight of the Bumblebee music appreciation activity for kids from And Next Comes L
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