It’s time for some Bumblebee fun with Bumblebee songs & Rhymes!
One of the first Miss Nina videos to get 1 million views on YouTube was I’m Bringing Home A Baby Bumblebee – a video I recorded and released back in 2015. At the time I had know idea that this was a one of the most beloved Bumblebee songs of children. I just had fond memories of it from my summer camp days!
I remember YouTube managers and marketing people telling me that I needed to capitalize on it’s success by doing more Bumblebee songs and Bee videos and maybe even add in a Bumblebee puppet.
I tried to make them understand that the success of that video and song has nothing to do with bees themselves – nor is it anything that can be strategically replicated. It’s just a song kids love!
Why do they love it? I think its a combination of the tune, and the sort of slapstick comedy within it: getting to get stung and yell “OUCH!”, pretending to get really messy and yucky, and it’s also so fun to say Baby Bumblebee!
But who really knows? All I know is, they just love this Bumblebee song!
So, I figured it was time for a redo! And not only of that video/song but of the fun counting rhyme Here Is A Beehive. We do the rhyme first, two times, and then the song twice.
**NOTE: Please know that I am 100% pro-bee!! This song and video (Baby Bumblebee) in no way is in support of harming bees nor, in support of teaching children to harm bees. In my 20+ years of experience, I have never seen a child learn this song and then go out and try and catch and “smush” a bee. It’s just a silly song – often used as a hand washing song.
So, here’s this week’s new video:
BENEFITS OF USING THIS RHYME & SONG WITH LITTLE ONES:
- COUNTING & FINE MOTOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: In Here Is A Beehive we count the bees using our fingers as they “come out” of the hive. Choosing which fingers to use when and how to hold them up helps build our fine motor skills and muscles in our finger and hands. While the actual counting helps us learn our numbers, counting and one-to-one correspondence.
- EXPRESSING EMOTIONS: In I’m Bringing Home A Baby Bumblebee the “character” acting out the story goes through a series of emotions – joy/happiness from catching a bee, pain/anger/disappointment from being stung and then in the “smushing”, and then a silly bit of problem solving leads the character to feeling proud of themselves for getting “all clean”. I think children love identifying with the wild ups and downs of the emotions of this song.
- HUMOR: In both Here Is A Beehive and I’m Bringing Home A Baby Bumblebee there is a big of humor. In the first, the bees all buzzing around suddenly when they come out of their hive is surprising and silly fun. In the latter, I think kids love “getting the joke” of the character in the song being so proud of themselves for wiping the mess off of their hands and all over their clothes. And kids love when they really get the joke!
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