Musical Bees

The children imitate the flight of bees as they move around close to the ground or up in the air in response to low-pitched or high-pitched sounds.

Musical concept : Pitch  High / Low


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Physical and motor : Exercises gross motor skills


  • Language : Demonstrates
    phonological awareness
  • Emotional : Regulates own emotions


  • Cognitive : Draws upon personal memory


  • Social : Gradually assimilates rules of conduct


Prerequisites : none

Necessary material

  • An interactive whiteboard, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone


  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Squirrels (pitch)


Music to listen to online or to download

André Mathieu: Abeilles piquantes [Stinging bees], performed by Alain Lefèvre.

Lesson plan

Setting the scene

1. Introduce the activity :

“Today, we’re going to fly over a field like bees looking for flowers to gather pollen and nectar from.”

2. Play Abeilles piquantes

Point out to the children the low- and high-pitched sounds in the music.

3. Encourage them to identify the low- and high-pitched sounds.


1. Review the safety rules for moving around in class.

2. Ask the children to move around in the classroom imitating the wings of a bee with their hands and to change how they move depending on the pitch of the sounds :

  • Low-pitched sounds : The bees fly very close to flowers. The children move about as if they were really small.


  • High-pitched sounds : The bees fly high in the air to spot better flowers in the distance. The children move about on tiptoe.


  • Silence: The bees fly on the spot. The children stop and don’t move.


  • Silence : L’abeille vole sur place. On s’arrête et on ne bouge plus.

3. Play the piece a second time

Asking the children to move about following the instructions.

4. Play the piece a third time, asking the children to make buzzing sounds as they move to the music.

  • When they move close to the ground, they make low-pitched sounds.


  •  When they move on tiptoe, they make high-pitched sounds.


  • When they stop, they remain quiet.


  • Their sounds correspond to the music.

To go further

Ask one child to become the leader and guide the colony for the entire duration of the music.

Do the activity again with the following music :
– Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Op. 14: III. The scene in the country (adagio), performed by the Orchestre de la francophonie.

Explore with the children the first game in the Mazaam app’s World of Squirrels.