- Cristi Wuenschel
Learning About Bees & Wasps with Preschoolers
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This month, our theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) is Bees & Butterflies and we finished up our week about Bee Basics and moved on to learning about Bees & Wasps.
We started the week off by learning about safety and answering the questions, "What might hurt a bee?" and "How could a bee hurt you?
After that, we made some really adorable bee puppets using craft sticks and paper cups. This activity was the perfect opportunity to practice not only fine motor skills but also learn more about natural and earth science.
When we were finished putting together our bee puppets, we used them to play a weather game by flipping over cards and deciding if their bees would be in or out of their hive in that weather.
Our Experience Preschool curriculum kits always come with lots of engaging and hands-on math and literacy activities and today we enjoyed using building materials to make "Safe Homes" and playing a "Bee Careful" card game.
For our next lesson, we learned about Honey Bees and made wonderful Nectar Painting art using paint and eyedroppers.
Activities such as this one are perfect for practicing pincer grasp while exploring natural and earth science concepts.
We learned that bees make honey by collecting nectar from flowers. They carry the nectar from a flower to the hive by using their proboscis.
We definitely had a great week filled with lots of hands-on learning fun! Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).