As we continued our insect study we moved into a week long study of bees.
|GEMS: Buzzing a Hive|
|We transformed our Science area to a Bee focus. Items included:|
bee poster cards, large bees poster, hive frames, books, honey,
beekeeper hat, bees for observation, beeswax, honeycomb,
magnifying glass, and bee vision viewer.
|Beekeeper frames: (from top to bottom)|
empty frame, frame with pollen and honey,
frame with honey and capped areas.
|Beekeeper outfit: coveralls, gloves, hat.|
|We always try to start a unit with the kiddos sharing what they think to be|
true about the new theme. We don't correct their statements if they aren't correct.
They will realize the truth as we study the topic, then we can adjust the board.
|Each kiddo created a bee. This wasn't an art project, but|
a Science one as we discussed the actual body parts and
talked about where each part would be on a real bee.
|Observing the bees. The GEMS kit included a container of deceased bees.|
We still placed them in containers so the children would be safe and not
scared of holding them.
|The focus here was on showing the kiddos how the bees use the pollen sacs|
on their legs to collect pollen from the flowers.
|Each kiddo took their own bee (cotton ball) and rubbed it on the pollen to|
see how it transferred from the flower to the bee. **Lilies are toxic. As soon
as the children completed this activity, we had them wash their hands.
|I discovered this concept through Play at Home Mom's blog and adapted|
it to work in our program. Please check out their post. We put yellow colored
water in a vase with silk flowers. The children used a turkey baster (their proboscis)
to collect the water (nectar) from the flowers.
|They then transported it across the playground and released it into the|
cells of the hive.
|These are our filled cells.|
|We talked about how the bees hang together and stretch|
their bodies in order to release the beeswax from their
bodies to create new cells.
|Of course, then we had to try it with our bodies to understand how|
they would feel when stretching and connected to the other bees.
|I saw the concept of creating a beehive with bee at Mama to 4 Blessings and|
then adapted the concept to work with our preschoolers. The kiddos rolled
yellow paint onto bubble wrap that was taped to the table.
|After rubbing the paint onto the bubble wrap, they pressed their paper on it|
to make a print that looked a lot like the honey cells.
|They then stamped bees onto the hive.|
|We tasted bee pollen that had been processed by bees.|
|We tried honey from local beekeepers. Thanks to the|