Bumble Bee Science

Bee Science

Bee Science Activities 

Bee Science Activities for preschoolers through second grade.

You can paint a cereal box yellow (to symbolize a beehive, and cut to bottom of the box out, as well as cut a rectangle out of the front.

Have your children create thumbprint honey bees, and have them cut out their bees. From there, have your children takes turns feeding their bees into the rectangle of the honey hive.

Each time a child puts a bee in, everyone count aloud. This will help with their math skills. Explain to the children what honey is, and how it’s made. This will help with the science skills.

Read the story “The Honeybee and the Robber” by Eric Carle. It teaches kids all about bees in a cute story form, and there are facts for adults at the back. To reinforce the drinking of nectar and collection of pollen, I had my daycare kids take a turn putting on bee wings (from the dollar store at Halloween time). Then I had them fly to the “flower”. I gave them a straw, a clean one for each child, (for the bee’s tongue) and let them “suck” up nectar (sugar water). The I tied a ribbon on each leg, which had Velcro attached to it. Then they had to crawl around in a pile of pompoms (pollen). When they stood up, they had “pollen” sticking to their legs, just like a bee. They loved this. I also taught them that the pollen, mixed with honey, makes “bee bread” which the babies eat. The queen eats royal jelly and the workers eat the honey.

Take a look in your phonebook for people that sell raw honey. Give them a call and get some honeycomb for your classroom. Place the honeycomb in a plastic jar and leave it out for the children to observe.

Visit a Fruit Tree

Find a fruit tree that you can visit repeatedly during the spring and summer. Make the first visit while the buds are swelling, note the buds on the tree. Visit again when the tree is in blossom, notice the flowers, also note that there are still buds on the tree. Watch for bees pollinating the flowers on the tree. Explain that the insects pollinate the flowers and make fruit grow from the flowers. Look for small fruit already growing from the center of some of the flowers. Visit again in about a week to see much small fruit growing from the flowers. Look at the remaining buds, they should be opening, they are the buds the leaves come from. If the leaves have not come out yet visit again in about another week to see the young leaves. Visit a few times during the next couple of months and watch the fruit grow then ripen. Visit when the fruit is ripe. Pick some fruit if the owner doesn’t mind. Take some ripe fruit back with you. Eat it fresh or use it to bake a tasty treat.

Bee Science Activities 

Bee Science Activities for preschoolers through second grade.