Bees are amazing creatures that play an important role in our ecosystem. Not only are bees are interesting creatures, but is so much to learn about bees for kids. Here are some interesting facts about bees your kids will enjoy along with our printable All About Bees lapbook that’s a great Science activity for preschoolers.
What is a Bee?
Bees are flying insects that are closely related to wasps and ants. There are over 20,000 species of bees in the world! Bees have two pairs of wings and they use their wings to fly from flower to flower.
Types of Bees
There are many different types of bees in the world. The most common type of bee is the honey bee. Honey bees are used by humans to make honey. Beekeepers keep hives of honey bees and they collect the honey that the bees make.
Bumble bees are another type of bee. They are larger than honey bees and have a furry appearance that’s recognizable to most children.
Bumble bees are important pollinators of plants and prefer blue, purple, pink, and yellow flowers. They’re actually color-blind to red flowers so you won’t attract these bees with red roses!
What Do Bees Do?
There’s a reason we use the term “busy bee” for people who are always on the go! Bees work hard and are best known for their important role in pollination, which means they help flowers and plants to grow.
When a bee collects nectar from a flower, pollen sticks to its body. Then, when the bee visits another flower, the pollen rubs off and pollinates the plant. This process helps fruits, vegetables, and other plants to grow.
Bees also make honey! Honey is made from the nectar of flowers and it’s a food source for bees. When a bee collects nectar, it stores the nectar in its stomach. The bee’s stomach breaks down the nectar and produces a delicious sweet treat we use in recipes and in our drinks – honey!
How Bees Make Honey
When a bee collects nectar from a flower, it stores the nectar in its “honey stomach.” The bee then flies back to the hive where the nectar is passed on to other bees.
If you’ve ever wondered what bees do with honey, you won’t believe this but they actually work to “chew” the nectar and turn it into honey.
The honey is deposited into the honeycomb which is made up of little hexagon-shaped cells.
When the honey is thick and sticky, the bees seal off the hexagon cell with a thin layer of wax. The honey is then stored in the honeycomb until the bees need to use it for food.
Do Bees Sting?
Most bees do not sting humans unless they feel threatened. Although it’s extremely tempting to want to swat at a bee, it’s best to just leave them alone and move to another area.
Bees will only sting humans if they feel like they are in danger so it’s important to stay calm and avoid areas inhabited by bees.
When a bee stings a human, part of its stinger gets left behind in the skin and the bee dies soon after.
Although bee stings can be painful, they are not usually dangerous.
How Long Do Bees Live?
The queen bee can live up to five years, but the average worker bee only lives for about six weeks.
Of course, that six weeks lifespan is only if they don’t sting anyone!
What Do Bees Eat?
Bees eat pollen and nectar from flowers. Pollen is a powdery substance that contains the male reproductive cells of a plant. Nectar is a sweet liquid that bees collect from flowers.
When worker bees collect pollen and nectar, they store it in their “honey stomach.”
The honey stomach is different from a bee’s regular stomach and it acts like a storage container.
Bees also eat bee bread, which is a mixture of pollen, nectar, and beeswax. Bee bread is used to feed baby bees, or larvae.
All About Bees Lapbook
To help kids learn and retain information about bees, try using a lapbook!
What is a lapbook?
A lapbook is a hands-on learning tool that is made up of a different items like mini-books, questions and answers, colorful life cycle displays, coloring pages, and even vocabulary words.
Lapbooks are usually based on a specific topic, such as animals, plants, or history.
A lapbook is a fun and interactive way for kids to learn. Using this All About Bees lapbook, kids can make their own mini-book about honey bees with facts, cute bees, pictures, and a honeycomb craft.
Preschoolers, pre-K kids and young elementary learners love learning when they can not only listen, but do creative activities they enjoy.
This lapbook is a perfect homeschool activity to accompany a Spring themed unit, an impressive project for parent night or even just for a fun learning activity on a rainy day.
Making Your Lapbook
To make the lapbook, you will need:
- Manilla file folders for your lapbook folders
- Your copy of the All About Bees Lapbook PDF
- Printer paper
- White cardstock
- A color printer
- A glue stick
- A pencil
- Crayons, colored pencils, or washable markers
The bees printable includes full instructions for each page of the 8 page packet and a layout suggestion to help with spacing.
Bee Lapbook Activities
Create a buzz about learning with these fun bee themed activities!
- Bee Life Cycle Wheel
- Parts of Bee Labeling Activity
- Bee Observation Sheet
- Bee Questions & Answers
- “How Do Bees Make Honey” Question
- Bee Vocabulary Words
- Bee Origami Craft
- Honeycomb Paper Craft
- A Colorful Lapbook Cover
With so many exciting activities, your child is sure to have a blast learning all about bees!
Don’t forget to add your own personal touches to make the lapbook your own.
Grab your copy of the All About Bees Lapbook now.
Your child will be so proud of all their hard work and you’ll be amazed at how much they learn in the process.
Have you ever made a lapbook with your child? Share your experience in the comments below!