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By Hilary White

With their furry striped bodies and interesting movements, buzzy bees are fun and fascinating little creatures to explore with your children.

honey bees

Honey bees, bumblebees and some solitary bee species become active during spring in the UK, and they can be seen visiting garden and hedgerow flowers until the colder weather sets in. Bees play an essential part in carrying pollen from one plant to another – which makes it rather worrying that they are now starting to die out. Pesticides, loss of natural habitat and climate change are thought to be three key reasons why bees are under threat, both in the UK and across the world. If we are to save these beautiful little insects, we need to make future generations aware of the bee population and the important role they play in the natural world. It’s never to soon to foster a fascination for bees; try the following activities with your children and lay the foundations for both an interest in bees and an awareness of their survival needs.

Activities in this article:

  1. Busy bees
  2. Tasting honey
  3. Dancing bees
  4. Bee books
  5. Counting bees
  6. Flowers for bees
  7. Body print bees

Busy bees

ELG: Personal, social and emotional development: Managing feelings and behaviour
Age range: 30-50 months: Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns … sometimes with support from others. Can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.

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