Last year, when my eldest was in Kindergarten, there were two classes, each with it's own theme name. The other class's name was the "cool cats" and my daughter's class was called the "busy bees". At the end of the school year I was searching for a teacher gift that I could make, and came across the free baby bee pattern on the inside of a red heart yarn label. It was so cute and perfect, so I decided to make one for her teacher and the assistant teacher.
Aren't they so sweet?! They are under their category of easy crochet on the red heart website, and can be made using small scraps of left over yarn. The downloadable pattern can be found here. If you are new to crochet it can help teach you a number of skills, like changing colors, stuffing, working in the round, and attaching small pieces securely. This is like a beginning amigurumi pattern that can be the gate way to many cute stuffed animals in your future. So here is my girl on the last day of school, dressed in her class colors and off to deliver her adorable baby bees to her teachers.
By the way, the class party once we got there was really cute, you could easily do a fun birthday party with that theme. They had yellow plates and black cups, yellow and black balloons, plus two different bee themed cakes.
Check out the favors one mom made up for the whole class. You could easily get a packet of yellow paper bags and decorate with either bee stickers, or a black ribbon stripe on them. They were filled with a bug catcher craft, bee pencils and erasers, crazy straws, and bug stencils. Also the little name tag on the outside doubled as a book mark.
The kids had a blast at this party! The whole place was buzzin'. ;)
So, back to the crochet... if you want to try and make a cute little stuffed toy, this buzzing bee is a great place to start. I'm going to try and make a little butterfly modifying this pattern very soon. It would make a cute baby gift for a new mom or a gift for a little girl's birthday.