Bee Hive Number Matching Activity for Preschoolers

Spring and summer are the perfect time to learn about bees. If you spend any time outdoors in these seasons, you're sure to see them flying around amongst the flowers. Kids are naturally curious so why not add them to your preschool lessons this season.

FREE printable Number recognition and matching activity for toddlers and preschoolers featuring bees. Perfect preschool math activity for Spring or Summer.
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Bee Hive Number Recognition Activity

This bee-themed number recognition activity is a great addition to your spring and summer math centers. Little ones will work on a variety of skills with this activity. However, it does take a little prep work to get started.

Supplies Needed

Print each of the pages out and laminate them for durability. Cut out the ten numbered bees. Put a velcro dot on each numbered circle around the beehive. And, put velcro dots on the back of each numbered bee. To play the activity, have your child match the numbered bee to its circle by the beehive. To begin, let your child practice matching on their own. While they do this, they'll be working on number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and hand-eye coordination.


Once your child is confidently identifying the numbers, you can change things up. The next step would be for you to call out a number. They will search through the bees to find the correct one and then place it around the hive. You can also say things like "find the bee that comes after 5" or "find the bee that comes before 9". This will help prepare your child for beginning addition and subtraction.

Extend the Learning

You can extend the learning with a basket full of books about bees. More advanced learners may be ready to try out some more advanced bee-themed math activities. You can round out your bee-themed lessons with an alphabet matching game, as well.

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Tara from Homeschool Preschool
Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. She has successfully homeschooled her oldest two, and is currently homeschooling her youngest. Though her children are older, she is always looking for an opportunity to create educational activities and content for young learners. She blogs about homeschooling, preschool activities, and other educational topics at Homeschool Preschool.

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  1. Tara,
    Thank you so much for the fun and cute resource. My toddlers already know their numbers 1-10. This is wonderful practice for one to one correspondence and discrimination.

  2. I love this bee number recognition. Is there anyway to print without having to download the printable form to my computer? I am willing to purchase the activity.

    1. Thanks for reaching out. We are glad you like the activity! You don't have to save the file to your computer. You can usually print straight from your web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome because it is the most compatible with our files. Hopefully this works for you. You can reach out to us at [email protected] with any other questions.

  3. Hi first lete say a big thank you for the ideas especially the bee hive number match file folder game.
    My observation is that for the number nine can both number9 be the same and not different. We have the stick 9 on the bee hive sheet and on the hive we have a curve 9. Thanks for considering and have a super day.

  4. Hi. Is there any way to edit the beehive page to make the numbers further apart? The 4 overlaps with the 1 so the bee's are bumping into each other. :) Could they get spaced out further so the bee's aren't on top of each other?

  5. Hello, Thank you for creating this activity, and my son loves it but it would tremendously help if the fonts matched and less resembled letters. For example, my 3 year old was unable to match the “1” because he said the one on the hive looked like an “I” and I do agree. Same for the “9.” Just a thought. Thank you again for making this available!