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 Pollinator Week
Australian Wild Pollinator Count: Autumn 14-21 November 2021
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
Bee and Nature Stories for Children
The Forest in the Tree: How Fungi Shape the Earth
Bringing together all of Costa’s gardening and sustainability knowledge, this is a book for the whole family that reflects Costa’s philosophy and quirky sense of fun.
Costa’s World is a generous, joyous, fully illustrated gardening book that celebrates the life-changing joy of chooks; kids in the garden; big ideas for small spaces; Costa’s favourite plants; growing the right plants for your conditions; biodiversity in the soil and garden; the power of community; the brilliance of bees and pollinators; easy-peasy permaculture; and much, much more.
Easy Peasy Gardening for Kids
Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock
What If There Were No Bees?: A Book About the Grassland Ecosystem (Food Chain Reactions)
The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons
POLLEN: Darwin's 130-Year Prediction (Moments in Science)
After experiments, he made a prediction. There must be a giant moth with a 11.5” proboscis, a straw-like tongue. Darwin died without ever seeing the moth, which was catalogued by entomologists in in 1903. But still no one had actually observed the moth pollinating the orchid.
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.
Sign up to Backyard Buddies a free education initiative run by the Australian Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW). It gives you simple tips to transform your backyard into a safe and inviting habitat haven. Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our built-up areas, waterways, backyards and parks. Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it.