World Bee Day – May 20th
I happen to love bees. (In case you hadn’t noticed, or this is you first visit – HELLO!) My very first home business 16 years ago was called 1 Creative Bug.
This was my logo – I created it out of paper and scanned it into the computer. Those were the DAYS! My logo evolved over the years, but ALWAYS included a bee. When my paper crafting business expanded into homeschool consulting – Happy Hive was born and the logo was revised, but as you can see, it does indeed contain a bee! (And if you are wondering – those three “bugs” represent my 3 kids! who I call, appropriately, The Bugs)
When I saw #WorldBeeDay on the holiday calendar I knew this was one to CELEBRATE. I’m so glad you joined me!
This holiday is designated by the United Nations. (Bees are really, really important!) They hope to raise awareness of their cuteness (not really, I’m just checking if you are reading this). The United Nations is -actually- hoping to raise awareness of bees importance as pollinators and the threats they face. Bees also play a HUGE role to sustainable development. That means bees help us meet our immediate needs without impacting the needs of future generations. Think about how much of what we eat needs to be pollinated. A well rounded diet consists of all the food groups. We need the bees! I challenge learners to make a list of foods that require pollination and email it to me!
May 20th is a special date because it is the birthday of Anton Janša who pioneered modern beekeeping back in the 18th century Slovenia. He was also a painter, and painted the fronts of the beehives with his artwork.
It’s easy to help bees have a loving environment to thrive! Here are easy things you can do to help the bees!
Use areas in your living space to plant a variety of native plants that flower at different times of the year.
If you have a garden at home, avoid using pesticides, so bees, butterflies and other pollinators can visit naturally.
Put a water source outside for bees that visit your yard. Bees tend to like “stale” water vs fresh water, so wooden barrel ponds, bird baths, etc work.
Raise awareness – decorate for #WorldBeeDay with the Pollinators Mobile Craftivity from the Happy Hive. I have this hanging in my house and it looks so cute! You will love how the flower opens so your learner can peek inside and tell you all about the parts of the flower and how the bee pollinates it. This is just the hands on activity you are looking for. I even have a Color your Own version so everyone gets the flower color they want 🙂 ! This activity can be completed in less than an hour if you use the print and go version.
Take it up a notch:
Take a stab at beekeeping yourself! With this book you can become a backyard beekeeper or take your backyard beekeeping up a notch! Be sure to check you local laws and ordinances before putting a hive in your yard, but most cities allow beekeeping because of our dependence on them.
Amazon has everything you need (except the bees) to get started! You should check it out!
Now, if full blown backyard beekeeping is more than you can handle (it is for me!) I highly recommend THIS BOOK
Turn this book into a Beehive teaches all about the amazing world of bees as well as provide activities and illustrations that are ENGAGING ! This book takes you DEEPER into the life of bees and their behavior. When you finish reading it provides instructions for converting the book cover into a home for ACTUAL BEES! How cool is that? Read about bees, then build a bee observatory for YOUR back yard!
#WorldBeeDay is about helping to reverse the pattern of endangered bees.
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