Summer Nature Study 212
Summer Theme 5:
After discussing honeybees indoors, take children outdoors to
view honeybees in action. As in the Summer’s Insects activity (page
184), remind the children that they are looking for bees, which
are flying insects. Because they are insects, bees have a head, tho-
rax (chest), abdomen, and six legs. Remind the children that they
should not get too close to the bees because the insects could sting
if they are provoked. It is better to love them and appreciate their
contribution to nature from afar. Explain that bees can usually be
found busily working over clover or wildflowers. When the chil-
dren have spotted some bees, ask them a few open-ended ques-
tions to help them focus on these busy insect creatures:
What do you think the bees are doing?
How long do you think they stay at one flower?
Do you think they rest?
How do you think they communicate with each other?
How do they eat and sleep?
How do they remember where they live?
What else do you notice?
The potential for questions is vast.
Role Play Outside
While outdoors, explain to the children that they get to be busy
little honeybees. Ask the children to fly about, buzzing from one
flower to the next, as they make believe they are bees. Begin by say-
ing, “Let me see you fly” and “Let me hear what you sound like.”
Encourage the children to use “I” statements in their responses
when they are pretending to be bees—for example, “I am a bee,
Remember to point out
to children that they can
learn where bees are
by listening carefully for
their buzzing sound. This
is a critical fact to share
when you remind them
about how to avoid
getting stung by bees.
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