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Monday, June 27, 2016

Learning About Bees Activities for Kids

Summer is a great time for teaching kids about bees. It's also an interesting classroom theme for back to school learning centers. Scroll time for elementary ideas, lesson plans, games, activities, crafts and more!

Honey bees are a critical link in U.S. agricultural production. Pollination by managed honey bee colonies adds at least $15 billion to the value of U.S. agriculture annually through increased yields and superior-quality harvests. But managed honey bees have come under serious pressures from many different stresses, which has resulted in beekeepers losing many colonies.

Students can learn more about bees and agriculture from the United States Department of Agriculture.


Life Cycle of a Bee Time Lapse Video for Kids


How do Bees Make Honey?

Begin with this video for your lesson plans on honey production.







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 bees in your backyard book for kids

The Bees in Your Backyard provides an engaging introduction to the roughly 4,000 different bee species found in the United States and Canada, dispelling common myths about bees while offering essential tips for telling them apart in the field.

Provides the most comprehensive and accessible guide to all bees in the United States and Canada
Features more than 900 full-color photos
Offers helpful identification tips and pointers for studying bees
Includes a full chapter on how to attract bees to your backyard

 life cycle of a honey be figurines figures

Made with Safari Ltd’s industry-leading standards, each replica in the Life Cycle Collection has been individually hand painted and features solid construction from quality, safe, phthalate-free and lead-free materials.

Includes egg, larva, pupa, mature adult honey bee, and educational information in 3 languages.
Complete package measures 9”L x 7.8”W x 0.5”H. For children ages 4 and up.

 honey bee hand puppet for classroom activities

Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, parties and gifts
Slip hand in to glove that can be worn on either hand and use fingers to wiggle the legs of this interactive bee puppet
Constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details; easy to care for years of play
Comfortably slips over the hand; measures 7 x 5 x 3 inches (LxWxH)

 set of 10 bumble bees for math counting manipulatives

Work well in a multi-disciplinary math center.


 Honey Bee Tree Games for Kids

This award-winning game delights children as they try to carefully remove leaves without dislodging the sleeping bees. The player with the fewest bees in his/her tray at the end of the game wins! Bee careful! If you pull out the wrong leaf or if your hand starts to shake, bees come tumbling out of the tree onto your flower tray. Each player must turn the oak tree so that the hole faces their flower pot at the beginning of their turn. Teaches hand-and-eye coordination, strategic thinking, dexterity, taking turns and cause-and-effect! Perfect for 2-4 players ages 3 and up.

Contents: 1 honey pot, 1 old oak tree, 1 flower tray base, 32 leaves, 30 little honey bees, game rules.


 bee costume adult

Bumble Bee Costume

This will definitely create interest with your students. It will be a day they never forget. :)


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