"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Busy Bees

We spent the week buzzing around sipping nectar,
collecting pollen and making honey.
Reading a simple nonfiction book about bees, Busy Buzzy Bee, helped us figure out how much we already know about bees and learn new things about them. 
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We flitted from flower to flower sipping nectar with our straw-like tongues and collecting bits of pollen to take back to our hive.   

The cells in a beehive are hexagon shapes. We saw them up close in The Very Greedy Bee.
We made beehives by fitting together hexagon pattern blocks. When we were done, we had bees to place in the cells. We decided the cells were kind of like the bees’ bedrooms.

We flitted around from flower to flower to the tune of "Flight of the Bumblebee". When the music stopped, we had to fly to our hive to deposit our nectar and pollen that we collected just like the bees in Mr. Bumble.

We used honey colored water and pipettes to suck up nectar from some flowers (brightly colored cups) and put it into our honeycombs (ice trays). What a great way to work that pincer grip for writing!

We designed our own beehives using our hexagon pattern blocks for the cells and honey colored glue paint for the nectar and honey. We added some little bees and yellow pom poms for the pollen. 

Using bee finger puppets and a queen bee puppet (we each got a turn being the queen bee:), we chanted and then sang a song about bees:
Here is a beehive. (Hold up fist)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Can you count them as they come out of the hive?
1-2-3-4-5. (Raise one finger at a time)
Bzzzzzzzz (Wiggle fingers as in busy bees)
Can you catch one? (Pretend to catch a bee)

I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me?
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee.
Ouch! It stung me! (Open hand)

We were very busy bees!

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