Today is World Bee Day. Seems kinda strange to have a day dedicated to bees but they are so vital to our eco system. At Little Explorers, exploring and connecting with nature is important to us. So, we thought we would join in on this day dedicated to bees.
Here are some Little Explorer facts about Bees:
- Bees have 5 eyes and 6 legs.
- Honey bees harvest nectar and pollen from flowering plants.
- Worker bees are females. They do all the different tasks needed to operate and maintain the hive.
- An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees.
- The reason bees are so noisy is because they beat their wings 11,400 times in one minute!
- Only female bees can sting.
- Honey bees communicate through a series of dance moves.
- Each Honey Bee from the same hive has their own specific color identification.
- We cannot live without bees. Bees and butterflies help pollinate approximately 75 percent of the world's flowering plants. They pollinate roughly 35 percent of the world's food crops—including fruits and vegetables.
- Sensory play tray or small world, bee figurines, lentils & black beans.
- Read a book about bees. Maybe even take your kids to the library to look for one.
- Plant a tree or flower that attracts bees or butterflies. Eg. Butterfly Bush, Callistemon (Bottlebrush), Daisies. (More Information)
- Watch a bee documentary.
- Going outside for nature walk to see if you can find any.
- Create bee’s out of play dough or by using toilet rolls and pipe cleaners.
- Colouring (PDF). Click here for PRINT OUT and save image to print.
- Make a bee drawing.
- Dress up as bees. Use play silks, scarves or swaddles.
Bees fly really long distances and often misjudge their journey back to the hive. Sometimes you might find a bee that isn't moving and think it is dead but really it could just be exhausted from flying. What can I do? You can mix a special drink for them!
- Mix 1 tablespoon of water with 1 tablespoon of sugar until they are dissolved.
- Either place into a shallow plate or simply place on a spoon on a garden table or near where you have spotted the bee.
During these activities talk about why bees are important. Tailor the discussion to their age. I hope you have fun with some of these. If you try any with your Little Explorers please tag us on your socials. We would love to see and share it! :)