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Do you like flowers like I do? Great! Will you help me make some honey? In fact, do you know how do bees make honey? Come with me, I will show you.

This activity is designed to raise questions about bees and honey making. It encourages children to play outside and explore nature, observe and ask and give some tips how everyone can help saving bees. And you parents, get ready to answer those questions :) In fact, did you know that honey is the only food made by insect that is eaten by us humans and the insect itself?

You will need

What to prepare on the table

  1. paper template - Bee

  2. color-box

  3. scissors

  4. dish sponge

  5. glue

  6. stick

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Cutting

Safety scissors

Print the template Bee. Carefully cut out the template.

Kids can cut it with safety scissors. If they are still unsure while cutting, try our tips on how to deal with scissors. Here you will find a template for practicing scissor cutting skills as well as instructions on how to teach a child to use scissors.

You can glue the bee on hard paper.

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Painting

Practicing fine motor skills

Stick the strips of painting tape in the places of the bee's black strips. The masking tape prevents the yellow color from staining the strips and your children can paint without any worries.

Cut off a piece of kitchen sponge. Gripping a small sponge is a good exercise for children's fine motor skills. And stamping is great fun. Let the children paint the whole bee yellow.

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Unstick and stick

Eyes, strips, tickers, wings

Carefully peel off the tape strips. Gently grasping and pulling the strip is not as easy for little children as we adults might think. Again, the children train the muscles in their hands and prepare to master the grip of the pencil and pen.

And now the bee's eyes, ticks and wings need to be glued. You can prepare them in advance from hard paper, foil or translucent paper.

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A unique bee

How much work is needed to make 1 teaspoon of honey?

All you have to do now is to stick the bee on the stick so that the children can insert it into the flowerpot.

You can come up with a name for the bee, or each child can mark their bee with their own name.

So how much bee work is needed to make 1 teaspoon? It takes a lifetime of one bee! For 1 kg of honey, it is an incredible work of more than a 1000 bees and a flying distance equal to 4 flights around the Earth! During this journey, the bees must visit up to 3 million flowers.

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How can we help bees

Great deeds often begin with small things

You're hardworking like a bee. Have you heard that?

Let's see how everyone can help saving bees.

  1. planting a variety of native plants that bloom at different times of the year and protecting them in the nature

  2. buying honey from local farmers

  3. creating a water tank for bees (instructions coming soon)

  4. raising awareness and sharing this information

The full list and other interesting information can be found at www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

 

Answers to frequently asked children's questions and tips can be found at www.buzzaboutbees.net

 

And don't forget, International Bee Day is May 20th, but helping and protecting bees is a must throughout the year.

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