These Bees Count by Alison Formento is a fantastic picture book all about honeybees. Not only will it walk your children through what bees actually do, there are also opportunities to work on counting as well. These Bees Count is a perfect book to add to your Nature Walk Book collection for the Spring/Summer.
I just love that this book is short enough to hold even the young readers attention, yet FULL of information about bees, honey, nature, and so much more. This book opens to door for you to discuss topics like pollination, honey, how bees communicate, nectar, and more. Keep reading to find activities that you can do after reading this delightful book.
These Bees Count Activities
Read What If There Were No Bees?. Take a walk and observe the different plants and animals that rely on bees and their pollination.
Take a walk and try to find bees collecting pollen from flowers in your yard or somewhere nearby. Discuss how bees collect pollen. Using colored water, pipette, and ice-cube trays have your little ones try collecting pollen and putting the honey into honeycomb. You can find pictures here.
Visit a local Apiary or Bee Farmer to learn more.
Use bubble wrap to paint honeycomb.
Observe bees (safely from a distance) flying, buzzing. Create your own honeybee dance to give your friends and family directions. See if they can figure out what your dance means.
If you can’t or don’t want to get close enough to observe bees loaded down with pollen or see what a hive looks like, check out this webcam of a hive in Germany.
As always I look forward to hearing what amazing and fun activities you come up with after reading this wonderful book. If you’d like to see a specific book in this series, please let me know! In case you missed last week you can check it out here.
Until next time,
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