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.
- 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.
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.