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Please Please the Bees - Storytime Online

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley!

Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, April 5th (today), the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.

Enjoy a borrowed copy of the book, and have fun doing the activities. Please return the book after you are done; everything else is yours to keep!

"Please Please the Bees" by Gerald Kelley

"Life is sweet for Benedict. Every morning he wakes up to find jars of fresh honey on his back porch. He makes honey toast for breakfast, bakes honey cake in the afternoon, and drinks honey tea before bed. But one day, the jars on Benedict’s porch are empty. The bees in his backyard have gone on strike! They are tired of doing all the work around the hive. What can Benedict do to make the bees happy and bring sweetness back to his days?"

You will have to return this book to the library; everything else is yours to keep!

You will have the book read to you by actress Rashida Jones. She did such a great job, we hope you enjoy her reading as much as we did!

Kits include:

  • a borrowed copy of Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored bees)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 4 activity pages

  • 4 coloring pages

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (instruments included)

  • Bee and Hive craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included bee handouts

Can You Show Me…?

(tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Can you show me the yellow bee?

Yellow bee, yellow bee?

Can you show me the yellow bee?

And wave it in the air?

Brown… orange… green… black

Hold It High – Choose one bee from handouts

Hold your bee high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your bee below your chin

Now hold it way up high again

Hold your bee against your nose

Now touch the bee to your toes

Touch your bee to the ground

Now wave that bee all around!

Hold your bee in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your bee and jump up high!

Now let your bee fly fly fly (throw it in the air)

SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included instruments

Fuzzy Buzzy Honeybees by Pinkfong

The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Super Simple Songs

Honey Bees Song by LBB Junior

Honeybees and Bears Song by EZTales

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)

Buzzing, Buzzing

Buzzing, buzzing, little bee.

Buzzing, buzzing, on my knee.

(bounce child on knee)

Buzzing, buzzing, on my lap

Buzzing, buzzing, take a nap!

(bounce child on lap then tilt to the side for ‘nap’)

Buzzing, buzzing, here and there,

Buzzing, buzzing, everywhere!

(bounce child while gently rolling back and forth)


Two Big Beehives

Two big beehives

(Hold out two fists.)

Closed up tight,

Protecting sleeping bees

(Rest head on hands.)

All through the night.

When the morning sun

(Make circle with arms over head.)

Shows its light,

Ten little bees

(Hold out two fists.)

Take to flight.

(Open fists and wiggle fingers away.)

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, turn around

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch the ground

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, reach up high

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch the sky

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, find your nose

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch your toes

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch your knees

Teddy Bear, teddy bear, sit down please

A Little Brown Bear

A little brown bear

Went in search of some honey.

(Cup hand above eyes)

Isn't it funny,

A bear wanting honey?

He sniffed at the breeze

And he listened for bees.

(Sniff, then cup hand behind ear)

And, would you believe it,

He even climbed trees!

(Make climbing movements)

Bumblebee on My Nose

(Tune: “Jingle Bells”)

Bumblebee, bumblebee

Landing on my toes.

Bumblebee, bumblebee,

Now he's on my nose!

On my arms,

On my legs,

On my elbows.

Bumblebee, oh, bumblebee,

He lands and then he goes!

Do You Like To Buzz?

(Tune: “Do Your Ears Hang Low”)

Do you like to buzz?

Are you covered all in fuzz?

Do you call a hive a home

In the garden where you roam?

Do you know how to make honey?

Are your stripes a little funny?

Do you like to buzz?


Gerald Kelley’s website (as EG Keller):

Reading Is Fundamental’s page on Please Please the Bees:

Let us know what your little ones thought of Please Please the Bees! What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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