My First Honey Bee Sighting 2015, a REALLY Cute Beekeeper Game, a Few Printables and a Great Video!

Yesterday we were out enjoying this spectacular early spring we are having, filled with sunshine, new play equipment for the munchkins and lots of new life popping up in the yard. As we were sitting on the lawn, drinking in the beautiful evening sunlight, my husband kept saying he could smell blossoms even though none of the fruit trees in our yard are in bloom yet. Except…… Can you guess? The Pussywillow! I didn’t even really focus on the fact that those catkins bloom before this year, let alone have such a sweet, delicate scent!

Obviously, our little honey bee friend felt the same way because he was very busily working his way around each blooming catkin. 🙂 So cute! So naturally, this prompted me to go digging in all my nature books and supplies (those who know me well, know I have a few) to do a little unit study this spring on our little friend the honey bee.

Being allergic to bee stings, I don’t always remember what a necessity they are and how much good they offer. I all to often (as of now) get frustrated with people who equate the little honey bee with the nasty wasp we endure in droves every August. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING! Honey bees are quite docile and I’ve yet to have one get anything other than rather put out with my camera right in their little faces. I have never had one sting me, even when brushing against them accidentally in the garden. Wasps are a different mentality all together. They seek to sting you, are predators to the honey bee and are not pollinators. So, there, now you have it, the best nut-shelling I can give you of the two. I hope this will be a spring board for further research in you homeschool situation. 🙂

Here are some resources to help you start:

Check out this beautiful video on YouTube: The full video called “Wings” can be seen on Netflix right now, but they do talk about evolution or as my son says, “they have atheism in there”, lol! You’ve been warned people! 🙂 The video is so amazing however, all you need to do is hit “mute” and you’ve effectively removed that problem. 🙂

For your highschoolers:

The chemical compositions of insect venom:

Printable of this information:

Pesticides information and their relation to bee population:

Printable of this information:

The Chemistry of Honey:

Printable of this information:

Sting Chem

I pulled the above image off of Compound Chemistry’s Facebook page, look ’em up, they’re pretty cool if you ask me! I love their website! You can also sign up for email or Facebook updates if you have a Chemistry-Lovin’ highschooler like I do! 🙂

This is one of the most beautiful books you will see on identifying bees of all kinds. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

And for the elementary students:

A nice, simple bee anatomy chart and quiz printable:

A really cute beekeeper game –

I purchased this cute little set for hands on fun, they won’t sting, and it’s super cute. 🙂


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