Homeschooling Project: Water for honey bees
It’s the time of year when honey bees are out and about foraging.
Drawn to newly blossoming Spring flowers, these industrious pollinators are working hard to gather nectar and pollen to provide for their hives.
They’ll often fly miles to forage.
While they’re doing it, they often require water.
Which means they will try for fluids in birdbaths, puddles, ponds, streams any water source they can find. They need the water not only to survive the journey they often take for food, but also to help process honey when they get back to the hive.
Unfortunately, water sources they often use can often be dangerous: Naturally occurring water sources expose the bees to predators while they often fall into other water sources and drown.
We made our bee waterer with flat marbles from the Dollar Store and a plate. Ignore the glitter from a previous project.
A great homeschool project, especially for primary school children, is to make a bee waterer.
It’s a simple project: All you need is a shallow pan and some rocks or marbles.
Put the rocks or marbles in the bottom of the plate, and then add water. The stones will give the bees somewhere to sit while drinking so they don’t fall in.
While making the waterer, you can teach your little homeschooler all about bees!
It makes a great science lesson. And you can use it to teach basic math facts and observational skills. Kids can watch the waterer, count the bees and average the number of bees that visit the waterer.
There’s all sorts of ways you can incorporate this simple little project into all sorts of lessons.
Here’s a list of resources you can use to craft a great lesson: