This year World Bee Day is on Monday 20th May. We have a host of activities including crafts, STEM activities and creative writing all planned on the theme and we will be updating this blog with photos and ideas as we complete them. To get started our first activity idea is below, along with a range of Story Pot books that are perfect for World Bee Day. In addition we will be giving 5% from the sales of all of these books to The British Beekeepers Association. Keep checking back to see the new activities as we get closer to World Bee Day!
2) Feed the bees! We have spent time this week choosing seeds that will grow beautiful flowers that bees love. With Earth day earlier in the week we have been conscious of not using plastic if we don't need to, so we found instructions for making origami plant pots from newspaper - you can find the video here. Now we will wait for the seedling to grow and plant them out in our garden and allotment. The great thing is that the pant pots can go straight in the ground so we wont disturb the roots.
1) Build a bug house. This will have a benefit to a huge range of insects and wildlife, including bees. Some types of Solitary bees will especially love hollow sticks such as bamboo or willow. Out of 270 different types of British bees, around 250 of them are solitary bees. They are fantastic pollinators and as such are vital for the food that is grown in this country.
We have a selection of five books that we think are perfect for World Bee Day. See below for more information on each one.
This beautiful book from Alison Jay is a wordless book that tells the story of a girl and a bee. A little girl befriends a bee, which takes her on a journey of discovery and to an action each child can take to aid in conservation. Bee and Me is both a story of friendship and an introduction to the ecology of the natural world. Alison Jay's original artwork brings the story gently to life, pointing out the sadness of a world without bees.
This lift-the-flap board book gives a beautiful introduction to the life of bees. In a spring garden the flowers are slowly coming out as the weather warms up. As the flowers come, so too do bees and other forms of life.
Find out where honey comes from as Grandpa the Beeman teaches the basics of beekeeping to his young grandson. This rhyming story includes endnotes full of essential facts about bees, beekeeping, honey, and the vital part that bees play in the natural world.
How do bees communicate? What does a beekeeper do? Did you know that Napoleon loved bees? Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This book answers all these questions and many more, tracking the history of bees from the time of the dinosaurs to their current plight.
5) Bee, £7.99
Turn the pages to follow the miraculous little bee and its journey from flower to flower in this delightful peep-through picture book. Brought to life by the lyrical text and stunning artwork from the award-winning Britta Teckentrup, the miracle of pollination will amaze and entertain.
We'd love to hear what you think of these books, and see any photos if you try the activities! Please do comment here or tag us on Facebook or Instagram!