What do bees eat?

Day Two of Mother Goose Time’s Bees and Butterflies curriculum centered on food for bees.

After the excitement over the nametags, I knew this month’s journals would be a big hit. The kids wrote their names and then drew a picture of themselves on the cover. There was a little hesitation when I suggested to draw baby bees around the stick figures. However, once I demonstrated an easy way to draw one with circles and ovals, they both attempted their own drawings. The teacher’s guide also had a great suggestion to make a fingerprint bee and add features with a marker. For the journal, I really wanted to stretch their artistic capabilities and at least try something new. Yet, I think we will make the fingerprint bees sometime before the month is out! They were not content to only decorate the front cover and each chose a different page to complete in their journals before I coaxed them into the next activity!

The next activity was called Transfer the Nectar and provided an eye dropper to transfer water from a container to an ice cube tray. Initially, the children found it challenging to fill the eye dropper with water and transfer it to the next bowl. Their faces lit up once the mastered it. They worked diligently to fill an entire ice cube compartment with water. The activity led to great discussions on how we carry food versus how a bee transports food. Even I learned bees have two stomachs!!

Our final game was Fill the Honeycomb. Each child was given a piece of paper with flowers that had numbers on them. We placed orange bingo chips on each number. Included in the lesson plan was a large honeycomb poster and the object of the game was to move the bingo chip “pollen” from the flowers to the honeycomb. The children rolled a di to determine how many pieces of “pollen” to transfer. The kids worked well together to fill the honeycomb up and it was a great number review for my daughter who only consistently recognizes 1-10.

There was a recipe card for an adorable bee snack. However, we were going to be taking our lunch on the road and I had already promised my daughter sunbutter and jelly sandwiches, which is rather rare at our house. To keep with the theme, I allowed them to spread the bread and then use a bee and butterfly cookie cutter to have appropriately shaped sandwiches! The kids spontaneously made a game out of using the leftover bread scraps as letters!

Also included in the lesson pack were cards showing a bees life cycle. My son enjoyed cutting them out and examining them closely. I love how Mother Goose Time includes both real pictures and illustrations.

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