This afternoon we did a super exciting activity to demonstrate how bees drink nectar and pollinate with juice and Cheesies! Bees drink nectar from flowers just like how we would drink from a straw. We also did an experiment with the Cheesies and pipecleaners. They rubbed their fingers on the Cheesies and then onto the pipecleaners. This was able to show the kiddos the same effect that pollen has on the legs and bodies of the bees.
This week our kiddos did a lot of learning about bees. We learned so many amazing facts about these little creatures. We made bees and hives to go with our bee writing.
Here are some of the facts we learned:
- Not all bees make honey & wax.
- The wax is used to make crayons, lipstick, candles, and shoe wax
- Only the females can sting
- They do a “dance or wiggle” to communicate and tell each other where the good flowers are
- They have 5 eyes
- They drink nectar which they ingest into a separate part of their stomach which they later regurgitate into honey
- They get pollen on their legs which transfers to other flowers and in turn creates fruits & veggies
- They are attracted to yellow and orange
- They can not see red
- Their are 10 types of honey bees
- A group of bees is called a colony
- 3 types of bees are part of the colony (the Workers (females)-collect nectar/pollen, the Drones (males)-feed the young and queen, Queen (female)-Only 1 in each hive
- They shed out of their pupa skin 4 times
- The Queen has a red head, she only lives for 4 months
- People called “beekeepers” take care of the hives
- The beekeepers wear protective gear so they don’t get stung
- Each hive has about 60,000 bees in each
We even got a chance to look at a bee and some honeycomb close up! How cool!