BUZZY BEE – Creating a Kazoo Puppet

Students use acrylic paint and simple materials to create small bee puppets that also act as musical instruments.

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BUZZY BEE – Creating a Kazoo Puppet


  • Crayola White Glue
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Acrylic or Tempera Paint
  • Small Styrofoam balls - 2 per student
  • Toothpicks
  • Wax Paper
  • Small Elastics
  • Pipe Cleaners - Black and Green
  • Googly Eyes
  • Paper Towels
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Plates or Plastic Lids for Palettes
  • Paper Towel Rolls - ½ per student
  • Crayola Scissors


Step 1
  1. Stick a toothpick halfway into one of the Styrofoam balls.
  2. Put some glue on the ball where the toothpick is sticking out.
Step 2
  1. Put a little more glue on the toothpick.
  2. Push the other Styrofoam ball into the toothpick to join the two together.
Step 3
  1. Paint the two balls with yellow acrylic paint. This is your bee.
  2. Set the balls aside to dry.
  3. The paper towel roll will be the handle for your puppet. The bee will fly over it.
  4. Imagine your bee is flying over a garden.
  5. Mix blue and yellow to make green.
  6. Paint the paper towel roll green.
  7. Set it aside to dry.
Step 4
  1. Once the yellow paint has dried, paint the black bands on your bee.
  2. Set your bee aside to dry.
Step 5
  1. Cut out a wax paper circle about the size of a roll of masking tape.
  2. Scrunch the wax paper circle into the middle to form two wings.
Step 6
  1. Place two pipe cleaners together with the end of one extending about 8 cm (3") past the end of the other.
  2. Twist the two pipe cleaners together to make one that is slightly longer, and stronger.
Step 7
  1. Attach the wings by wrapping one end of the pipe cleaner around the middle of the bee's body and over the wax paper wings.
  2. Twist the pipe cleaner firmly on the underside of the bee's body.
Step 8
  1. Cut 8 short pieces of black pipe cleaner about 3 cm (1.25") long for the bee's legs and antennae.
  2. Use a skewer to poke holes where the antennae and legs will go.
Step 9
  1. Stick the pipe cleaner pieces into the holes.
  2. Add some googly eyes and paint any features you want on your bee's face.
  3. Wrap the bottom of the pipe cleaner around the paper towel roll.
  4. Twist it firmly in place to attach the bee to the handle.
Step 10
  1. Cut out a wax paper circle about 10 cm in diameter to cover the end of the paper towel roll.
Step 11
  1. Attach the wax paper circle to the roll with small elastic bands.
  2. Make sure the paper is smooth and tight.
  3. Trim off any excess wax paper.
Step 12
  1. Use scissors to poke a hole in the top of the paper towel roll about a third of the way from the front.
  2. Make sure the wax paper does not cover it.
  3. This will help the paper to vibrate and make a buzzing sound when you hum through the roll.
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