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Click the book, sit back and watch this story, (run time 5 min). Please please the bees, is written by Gerald Kelley and read to you by Rashida Jones.

MAKE A BUZZ

Swing this around on the string to sound like a swarm of bees. Make it using household objects and talk about how awesome sound vibration can be.

BEES TALK

Bees tell each other the direction and the distance of where the best flowers are by doing the WAGGLE DANCE! Learn how bees are remarkable communicators.

FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE GAME

Setup: Make flowers out of paper of different colours and put them up around your play area (inside or out). Make a sun and tape it up in the playing area, or use the real sun outside.

A bee uses the sun and dances in a straight line at an angle to show the direction that she wants the other bees to go, waggling her tail. Then she loops back to the start and does it again.

Play: One "bee" decides which flower has the most nectar and does a waggle dance to get the other bee to the right spot. Take turns!

Use this music to help animate your dance!

VIRTUAL VISIT

We are partnering with Rushing River Apiaries.

Join the Library as we visit this Terrace bee-keeping family! Click on the picture and be introduced to River, she’s 7, and she’s a proud bee-keeper.

Learn even more about Rushing River Apiaries!

BEES WOULD ROCK AT PACKING YOUR TRUNK

Do this first: Be a worker bee. Use coins, patterned blocks or cut out shapes (circle, hexagon, triangle, square) from heavy paper or light cardboard and explore how well they fit together. Honeycombs are all one shape so you shouldn’t mix the shapes together.

Try to arrange as many of the same shape as possible with the least amount of gaps. Which shape works the best? Hint: the more “shared walls” the better.

Then watch this!

OH HONEY! NO BAKE BARS

  • Get Ready: Wash, wash wash your hands!
  • Gather ingredients: Cereal (oats, o’s or flakes), honey, peanut or almond butter, salt, optional additions: chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, nuts, chia seeds, or anything that you like!
  • Gather your supplies: A bowl that you can put in the microwave, measuring cups (1 cup and ¼ cup) spoon, spatula, square baking dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats or other cereal such as o’s or flakes
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ peanut or almond butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional additions - 1 handful

WHAT TO DO

Measure out the honey and the nut butter using the ¼ cup measure.

Do the math: How many ¼ cups of honey will you need? How many ¼ cups of nut butter?

Put these in the bowl and microwave for 10 seconds at a time until you can mix them easily with a spoon.

Add the cereal using the 1 cup measure and a pinch of salt and any additions. Combine (you can use a spoon, spatula or your hands)

Put your mix into the square tin and press down flat with your hands

Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and enjoy!