Saving The Bees
Following a parent sharing their weekend experience bee keeping, preschool have been looking at how important our bumble bees are to our environment. We did a spider diagram of what we already knew about bees to compare to what we learned after, though we did have quite an extensive knowledge! We got Jack to share his experience with his friends, he spoke about how bees transfer pollen to make honey, he continued on to teach them about the Queen bee and although he didn’t see it, he told us how important it was to the bee colony. We then read some facts about bees from our insect book.
To extend this learning experience we spoke about honey and made honey on toast using the toasters ourselves and spreading honey on it. We did a risk assessment before the activity to talk about the safety of using the toasters and knives. We then did the taste test, it was really delicious and we even had seconds! We then went on to make honeycomb using golden syrup, sugar and baking powder, we used the hot plate to do this and did another risk assessment beforehand to assess the risk factors of this activity. We all took turns adding ingredients and giving it a stir, we then had to wait for it to harden before we could do the taste test, it was very nice but very sweet.
To end the activity we junk modelled our own bees using black and yellow paint, whilst doing this we discussed what we had learned about bees already and making the biggest box the Queen bee. We really enjoyed learning about these and thanked Jack for sharing his weekend experience with us!