This project is to raise awareness, to save to the bees! Yes, those little pest that a lot of us are afraid of, have a purpose. Pesticide's are a major factor in what is killing the bees. There are different things we can do to help the bees on an every day scale, while bigger cooperation's should do their part as well.
As mothers and fathers of our future generation, we need to save these bees, and teach our children to save these bees. If something isn't done about these bees, they could be gone before our children become adults. If the bees are not saved in this generation, there wont be any left during the next generation. No more strawberries would be a very sad thing for everyone, in my opinion. It's not just the strawberries that are being affected, by loosing our bee population. Flowers, need pollen to grow, along with everything else. Bee's make an impact on what we are buying at the grocery store. This project is dedicated to fighting against CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder)
"Commercial production of many specialty crops like almonds and other tree nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables depend on pollination by honey bees. These are the foods that give our diet diversity, flavor, and nutrition. "
Construction Paper Bees
Cut 4 yellow strips of Construction paper, fold every half inch, cut edges to make sure the strips are straight. Yellow strips are for arms, and legs.
Cut 3 black strips per Bee, for the stripes on the body.
Cut 1 yellow round oval per Bee, for the body.
Have pipe cleaners for antennas, google eyes for eyes, and give your bee a smile.
Give each child what they need for their bee. With glue stick or glue bottle, have the child put together their bee.
(more coming soon, published before finished, oops)
Here is some more information on what exactly is happening to the bees. New studies have been done to figure out why the bee population is diminishing.
Skills to Promote:
To promote hand eye coordination
To enhance knowledge and build understanding about bugs
To make connections about legs, and counting how many.
To enhance recycling motivations
Recycled paper towel rolls (cut 4in for the body cut 1 1/2 in for head) Unless your making a really long caterpillar. Cut sizes to your digression.
Pipe cleaners (antennas and legs)
Paint ( to paint the caterpillar)
Pom-Poms for nose and Google eyes
1. Take card board pieces of paper towel roll and hot glue the head to the body. Turn the head so the holes are on the side, and the holes on the body are in the front.
2. Cut six holes for legs under the body, and cut two holes on top of the head for antennas.
3. Cut pipe cleaners, into 1-2 in sections. You will need 8 evenly sized pipe cleaner pieces. Squeeze pipe cleaners through the holes, or have children do so.
4. Secure pipe cleaners with hot glue. Let Dry.
5. Set up painting area, and have children paint their caterpillars the color of their choice.
When given the caterpillar, the child will paint, and they will hopefully view caterpillars as cute, instead of scary. They will paint the caterpillar, and personalize, while reusing recycled materials from home.
(Picture coming soon)
As noted before flash cards are an amazing learning tool for children of all ages. Even the most organized mother can end up having a pile of mixed matched flash cards. The other night while sorting through their flash cards, I separated the ones that had no matches, or the incomplete sets. I Just happened to have a mixed match set of Dora cards. The other card I organized and held them together with rubber bands. With the extra cards I cut out the pictures of the characters, the numbers, and anything that they could glue onto a collage of their own. Mya had a great time with this as Dora is her favorite show. She was able to take the glue, apply it to the picture and then apply it to the paper. She picked out the construction paper for the background, and was very cooperative. Also, a great idea to save in a zip lock bag, pictures from magazines the child is interested in. With summer here, these are some child friendly collage ideas.
1. Recycled Flash Cards
2. Pictures of Flowers
3. Pictures of Animals
4. Construction Paper Shapes
Glue (stick or liquid, depending on texture)
Scissors for older children, I also suggest cutting pictures prior to collage project.
Background paper (card stock, construction paper, cardboard)
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