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Anatomy of a Bee: an activity for children of all ages. The anatomy of the bee is intriguing. Every part has a well-defined purpose or role. The goal of this activity is for children to stretch their learning about the design of bees.
- Consider visiting a local bee farm in your area. Take pictures of the hives, bees, honeycomb, and any other areas of interest to put in your garden notebook/journal. Taste the honey and take the opportunity to learn as much as you can about bees through this experience. If you don’t have time or cannot find a bee farm, then you can use the following resources to draw a bee, honeycomb, or hive: Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha, Nature Anatomy (p. 68-69) by Julia Rothman, or this online resource by wedrawanimals.com.
- Throughout the week, memorize Proverbs 16:24, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
- Have your child tell you what they learned or about their favorite part of their trip to the bee farm.
- Draw a bee and label each part. Talk about the functions or role of as many parts of the bee as they are able.
- For an older child: Have them write briefly about the function or role of each part of the bee.
- If they have taken pictures, have your child place these pictures in the garden notebook/journal and write memories made and lessons learned from your visit to the bee farm.
- For additional learning, have your older child draw the life cycle of a bee.
- Feel free to add this week’s memory verse, poems, recipes, memories, or quotes about bees to the notebook page(s).
- Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others” (St. John Chrysostom).
Away in the meadow
Amid the red clover,
The funniest music
Goes over and over:
The honey-bee singing
His song to the clover.
The words, they are set
To the rhythmical tune,
A rumble, and bumble
Zoon! goes the honey-bee, over and over,
Humming his tune to the blossoming clover.
The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.