World Bee Day Australia
Bees and Kids Is a Simple Love Story: an educational program by Yossi Aud
Australian Pollinator Week
Australian Wild Pollinator Count: Autumn 12-19 April 2020: Spring 8-15 November 2020
Cool Australia Curriculum; Love Food? Love Bees! for Early Learning, Yr 5/6 and yr9/10 Australian National curriculum aligned
Great learning activities focussed on bees
Australian Association of Environmental Education
Films and YouTube
Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are disappearing
How One Woman Uses Beekeeping to Change Lives
Vanishing of the Bees
The Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World by Jacqueline Freeman
Bee Stories for Children
The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre
Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock
Buzzing a Hive: Teachers Guide by Jean C Echols
The Honey Hunters by Francesca Martin
The Fascinating World of Bees by Angels Julivert
Brilliant Bees by Linda Glaser
The Book of Bees: Piotr Socha
The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons
Life and Times of Honeybee by Charles Micucci
Darius Bell and the Crystal Bees: Odo Hirsch
Ned Kelly and the City of the Bees by Thomas Keneally
Go outside and look for bees. What colour are they? What colours are the flowers they enjoy? Are there different types of bees in your garden?
When you go walking in the bush, keep a lookout for ‘natural hives’ in tree hollows or even hanging from tree branches. It is wonderful to watch the wild bees flying in and out of their hive and glimpse them on the wax comb.
Join Project Noah a tool to explore and document wildlife from around the world. Document nature with your mobile phone and get your photo on the site and help scientists with ongoing research.
Did you know?
- Most of the bees in a hive are females and there can be up to 50,000 bees in a hive!
- There is 1 Queen bee and a few hundred males called drones
- Honeybees must visit some 2 million flowers to make 500 gms of honey
- Honey bees fly around 88,000 kms to bring in enough nectar to make 500 gms of honey
- Each bee makes about 1/12 of teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
- Honey has natural preservatives and bacteria can’t grow in it
- Honey was found in the tombs of Egypt and is still edible
- Bees have been around for about 300 million years
- A honeybee can fly 24 km at a speed of 20 kmh
- Its wings beat 200 times per sec or 12,000 beats per minute
- Honey comes with different flavours and colours depending on what flowers the bees collected nectar from