Storytime: “B” is for Bees

by | Apr 18, 2023 | Blog, Kid's Corner, Story Time | 0 comments

To bee or not to bee, that is the question! Did you know that one honey bee, in its entire life-span, will make only one teaspoon of honey? Explore the world of bees with these books and activities, and then talk with your child why bees are SO important to our ecosystem, and what to do if they see a bee.

Join us Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Rhymes and songs that involve sequencing and memory can help children prepare for school. In the “Bee in the Box,” listen for a certain phrase, and then react to it with a large physical movement. In addition to having fun, your child is actually developing their gross motor skills.

Activity

Ask your child to join you in pretending to climb into a box and shut the lid. It’s very dark inside! Turn the handle and begin reciting the rhyme, Bee in the Box. On the last line, pop out of the box and “buzz” around the room!

Books Presented

Bees! by Elizabeth Winchester

Get the inside scoop on the world’s most fascinating creatures! Meet a beekeeper. Peek inside a beehive. Find out how some bees make honey. Learn more than thirty fun facts about these busy insects.

Bee-wigged by Cece Bell

Jerry, a large bee who longs to have friends, finds that by putting on a wig he can pass for a boy, until one day while he is leading the annual school parade the wind starts blowing very hard.

A Bear, a Bee, and a Honey Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

When a hungry, fuzzy brown bear and a hive of angry bees come face to face, everybody’s abuzz!

The Hidden Rainbow by Christie Matheson

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text invite the reader to uncover the rainbow of colors hidden in a garden, which helps flowers bloom and bees find food. Includes facts about bees and their importance.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Bee in the Box

Bee in the ____ box sitting so still.
Will he come out?
Yes, he will!
*red, blue, yellow, green

5 Busy Honey Bees

Five busy honey bees were resting in the sun.
The first one said, “Let us have some fun.”
The second one said, “Where shall it be?”
The third one said, “In the honey tree.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s make some honey sweet.”
The fifth one said, “With pollen on our feet.”
The five little busy bees sang their buzzing tune,
As they worked in the beehive all that afternoon.
Bzzzzzz! Bzzzzzz! Bzzzzzz! Bzzzzzz! Bzzzzzz!

Crafts and Activities

B is for Bees

Make a Bee headband

Additional Books

What Does the Bee See? by Soo-hyeon Kim

A little bee encounters objects and guesses what they might be until the whole is revealed. Children will develop observation, logical thinking and imagination skills by following the bee through the story.

A Season to Bee: a Stylish Book of Colors by Carlos Aponte

Fashion illustrator Carlos Aponte gives readers front row seats to the runway show of the season! Join Miss V. McQueen and her band of fashion bugs as they flit and flutter their brilliant colors down the catwalk. Ladybug reds, butterfly golds, and grasshopper greens provide young readers with a chic introduction to the colors found all around us

Beware! by Bob Raczka

Using words made up of only the five letters “beware,” a little bear named Abe and a bee named Bree, who have been warned about each other, compete for the flowers in their meadow, but end up as friends willing to put aside their differences and share

Bee Friendly Charlotte by Andrea Kaczmarek

Charlotte decides to make a bee-friendly garden, to protect her insect friends!

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