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Bees - fun facts and activities for children

22 Aug 2017
Do you work with children and young people? Our Bee Cause campaign has some great learning resources.

Inspire future generations to help save our bees.

Find interesting facts about bees and a Bee Quiz in The Bee Cause: Pack for Educators. This popular resource also provides fun lesson and assembly plans, bee games and outdoor activities.

All the resources are free and suitable for primary school children (infant and junior). 

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1. Plant a bee friendly garden

Try growing some bee-friendly plants. Cottage garden flowers like geraniums, wallflowers, lavender and hollyhocks make a great display. A pond or bird bath can be a useful source of drinking water for bees.

Note: Some bee friendly plants are potentially harmful. Have a look at the Royal Horticultural Society's list of potentially harmful plants.

2. Fundraise for bees

You could raise money to buy bee-friendly plants. If children raise the money themselves, they will feel more ownership of the garden.

Bee cakes

3. Grow some herbs

A lot of herbs are good for bees, and smell delicious – they can be added to children’s cookery or school meals as well. A herb garden is a relaxing sensory place for children – or even a pot of herbs near a bench if space is limited. Have a look at our top 5 tips for growing bee friendly herbs.

Herb pots

4.  Create a bee corridor

Try to link your bee-friendly area to other ones to make it easier for bees to move between spaces. You could do this by creating a corridor of wildflowers around the edge of your school field. Digging up the grass in some areas and planting wildflower seeds or plugs will give them a better start.

5. Grow a hedge 

You could try a variety of plants, cotoneaster, and even fruiting plants like raspberry and currant bushes, as well as Hawthorn

6. Don’t use herbicides or weed killers

Cut weeds back where they really need to be removed, but leave them where you can. You might need to talk to your council if they look after your grounds.

7. Grow some fruit

Fruit trees and plants are great for bees, as well as encouraging children to eat healthily. Cherries, strawberries and raspberries are an especially big treat and even more so if you pick them yourself!

Boy eating strawberry
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8. Create bee hotels

You can make these by tying together bamboo canes, making gaps under paving slabs or drilling holes in wood. Put the bee hotels in your beefriendly areas. Find out how to create a large bee and bug hotel with wooden pallets or a small bee and bug hotel.

Children making a large bee hotel
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9.  Grow honeysuckle

If you have some wall space on a side of the school, a boundary or outbuilding, you could grow honeysuckle.

10. Grow sunflowers

Growing sunflowers encourages children to look after their own plant. The sunflowers could all be planted along the edge of a playground or they could take them home to encourage bees in their own garden.

Girl and sunflowers
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Fun ways to learn about bees

Bee Bingo

  • Use our Bee Bingo sheet to keep track of how many bees, and what types, you spot.

Waggle Dance game 

  • Learn the waggle dance! Ideal for younger children.  

Bee template

  • Download our handy template to colour in your own bee. Remember they're not all black and yellow!

Great British Bee Count

  • See how many bees were counted in last years Great British Bee Count and sign up for next year  

Bee-friendly flower poster

  • Download our colourful poster to help you look out for bee-friendly wildflowers.

 

 

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