Here are some activities I have used with students from Pre-K through 4th grade. Some ideas and materials work all the way up to adult. Feel free to add or change things to fit your needs. Some activities have worksheets or information pages that I have created and made available on the Download Materials page. You can see some of these tools in the Educational Photo Gallery.
- Give students general information about bee. Then give them a coloring sheet to color. (see Links page)
- Sing a Bee song.
- Act out the Bee Play (see Downloads - Peace Bees Honey Bee Play.doc)
- Read a book about bees from the library. Then have them draw a picture about bees or give a coloring sheet.
- Read bee jokes/riddles from the library. Then have students write their own bee joke/riddle.
- Learn the parts of a bee and fill in the Parts of a Bee worksheet (see Download Materials - Label the Parts of the Bee Worksheet.pdf).
- Write a haiku poem (line 1= 5 syllables, line 2=7 syllables, line 3= 5 syllables) or another poem about bees.
- Make a bee craft
- Discuss ways to prevent bee stings—they don’t want to hurt you. Act out some safety scenarios.
- Pretend students are bees pour juice in small cups and use a small straw to use their mouth part proboscis to sip nectar.
- Have a tasting party: taste different types of honey (like clover, orange blossom etc...), honey comb, and bee pollen. These can be found at most grocery stores or health food stores. Also, taste some fresh local honey from a local beekeeper-some grocery stores carry local honey, from a local Farmer's Market, or contact a local beekeeper through your area's Beekeeping Association.
- Find different recipes that use honey and make one/some. Check some out at
- Learn about types of plants/vegetables bees pollinate and go on a scavenger hunt to find examples in your kitchen, outside, or a grocery store.(see Download Materials - Some Crops Pollinated by Honey Bees.doc)
- Use children's toy play food to illustrate what food is affected by honey bee pollination and what is not. Using two baskets, have the students discuss and divide which foods honey bees are involved with and which they are not. Be sure to use items like hamburgers and milk that are not as obvious to the students. (see Download Materials - Some Crops Pollinated by Honey Bees.doc)
- Ask a local beekeeper to come and give a presentation or take a field trip to his/her bee yard.
- Take a field trip to a local nature preserve that has a beehive observation box.
- Discuss ways everyone can help save the honey bees. (see Download Materials - Seven tips to help save the Bees.doc)