Harvesting our own honey bee nectar

Harvesting our own honey bee nectar

Okay so we didn’t actually harvest real honey bee nectar, that would have been really cool. We pretended to harvest our own this time around!

To make your own bee hive window you will need any hard, vertical surface. We used this special made window easel but, you could use a regular window, a painting easel, or even just the wall! You will need to make sure if it isn’t happening outdoors then you’re in an area that is safe for messes 🙂 Then you will need some jumbo bubble wrap and a couple pieces of tape to hang the bubble wrap up! Simply cut small holes in the top of each bubble – if you cut on the side or bottom the water will not hold.

We have done an activity similar to this one before except it focused on color mixing and our students loved it! However, when we set it up this time around, they didn’t seem as engaged as before. We didn’t realize until afterwards that we could have made this process a lot more engaging if we would have placed the cups of yellow water else where. Since we had been talking about honey bees and the way they harvested honey, we should have actually placed the cups around the yard to mimic the way the bees have to fly around from flower to flower.

That’s the beauty of early learning! It’s all about trial and error and figuring out what best suits your class, tapping into those interests, and running with it 🙂

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  • Joan Collins Posted July 1, 2018 1:29 pm

    Hi Lauren! I am 63 and am a life long learner, on the other side! What a blessing to work with Deborah! I feel I know her and have learned so much from her, just through these blogs!

  • Karen Posted July 3, 2018 12:39 am

    That is amazing! I can’t wait to do that with my class next year!

  • Lauren Barkes Posted July 3, 2018 8:34 am

    It has been fun to learn through working with Deborah! As a child and even in high school I wasn’t a huge fan of school – but after teaching children to love learning, I have actually grown to enjoy being a life long learner myself 🙂

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