For some time now, Mr D has been asking me if they could learn about bees. I’m not sure where the fascination with bees has come from, but keen to follow his interests we did some bee based work a few weeks ago (I’m just very slow getting this post up!).
We have talked about bees as we have spotted them on our walks and we have read some books. My favourite bees book is the glorious Bee Nature’s tiny miracle from Little Tiger Press. This book is stunning. It really is one of those books that makes you want to stroke the pages (just me…?) and the illustrations are beautiful.
The story follows the little bee as he gathers the nectar from the flowers and helps the reader to understand just how vital the little bee is to nature. The book captures nature in all its glorious form and is a real triumph in that it is a non fiction book that truly captures the imagination of the reader as you’re swept along the bee’s journey.
We read the book and decided to make out own flower gardens for the bees to visit. We did this using some flowers from Baker Ross and scrunched up tissue paper. The children loved doing this, although Mr D went for a minimal effect. We then added some bees by using yellow paint and finger printing on the paper.
Once these had dried I add the black with a felt pen – it looks quite effective I think and the children love their bee gardens – they are proudly displayed on the notice board at home.
We have talked about bee’s a lot – we had a bee’s nest in our bay window and this prompted lots of interest from the children and some confusion as to where they were going to find some flowers (there are lots of trees at the front of or house but few flowers).
Next up I plan to make a hive with them – but think that might have to wait until I have a bit of time to think about how best to do it!