Honey Bee Games and Activities
Kids are often curious about honey bees, and a great way to teach them about the importance of bees is by planning some honey bee games and activities. From crafts, printables, and games, these activities would be great for home, the classroom, and even parties.
Why We Should Teach Kids About Honey Bees
Because we rely on bees to pollinate our crops, they are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. That means that the bee is a very important insect to all of us.
Teaching kids about the importance of bees is the first step in building a better future for them. If they know how to respect and care for bees, they will have a better understanding of their responsibility of caring for plants and nature.
Once kids learn more about honey bees, I find that they no longer feel the need to fear them. Instead, they’ll have a healthy respect for bees and what they do for us.
Honey Bee Games
- Honey Bee Tree is a really fun game that the whole family can play together. Fun Fact: in the wild, honey bees will build nests in tree hollows.
- AWARD WINNING FUN: Players must carefully remove leaves without dislodging the sleeping bees. The player with the fewest bees in their tray at the end of the game is the winner.
- TRY TO BEE CAREFUL: When the tree is turned towards you, you must figure out which leaf to pull. The goal is to select the leaf that will wake the fewest bees and pull it out delicately to not disturb them. If you’re lucky none of them wake, and you turn the tree to the next person’s flower tray.
- DEVELOP SKILLS WHILE HAVING FUN: The Honey Bee Tree is a favorite not only because it is a blast to play, but it also teaches children hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking, and dexterity. If they’re not thinking and acting carefully they’ll let all the bees out of the hi
- Save the Bee Game reminds me of that game we used to play as kids, Don’t Break the Ice. Except instead of tapping out ice cubes, you tap out honeycomb.
- A game of deduction and dexterity! Remove the honeycomb pieces one-by-one and try to keep the beehive from crashing down.
- Just arrange the honeycomb pieces in the beehive and balance the bee at the very top. The first player gives the spinner a whirl and uses their grabber to remove a colored honeycomb piece as indicated by the arrow. Carefully remove the pieces to prevent the hive from toppling down.
- FUN LEARNING TOOL: This game isn’t just tons of fun, it’s a great educational toy too.
Honey Bee Printables
Printables are a fast and easy way to teach kids about honey bees in a fun way. All you need is a printer and some paper, and you are ready.
- Bee Body Parts Printable – Great for teaching kids the body parts of a bee
- Bee Life Cycle Worksheet – Fun activity for kindergarteners
- Honey Bee Word Search – These printables come with 2 sets- one for kids, and one for adults
- Bee Lap Book – Make a cute mini book containing all kinds of facts about honey bees
- Honey Bee Math Worksheets – Teach kids math using this bee themed worksheet pack
- Fun Bee Worksheets – A variety of fun worksheets for toddlers and kindergarteners
Honey Bee Crafts and Activities
Making bee themed crafts is both fun and can serve as great decoration for the home. The best thing I like about participating honey bee games and activities with kids is that it’s a fun and memorable way for them to learn about bees.
Honey Bee Facts for Kids
- An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees.
- Honey bees have five eyes and six legs.
- The members of the beehive are divided into three types: Queen, Workers, and Drones.
- Bees can see all colors except red.
- Bees fly at a speed of around 15 miles per hour and beat their wings 200 times each second.
- Over 100 crops in the US are pollinated by honey bees.
- The Queen bee can lay 2,500 eggs per day.
- It takes just 21 days for an egg to develop into an adult bee.
Planning honey bee games and activities for your family is more than just fun. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the importance of bees and to plant the seeds for a better future.