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With the help of her honey bee and butterfly puppets, Kathi introduced the kids to two pollinators. She then read a wonderful book called “The Beeman” by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis. Told from the viewpoint of a child whose Grandpa is a beekeeper, this rhyming text offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the behavior of bees. You will learn where they live, how honey is made, what a beekeeper does, and more!
|Miss Kathi, WC Master Gardener and Bee Keeper!|
Kathi brought an amazing assortment of tools that bee keepers use to allow the kids to touch, feel and pass around. First we got to see a bee keepers suit. The friendly beekeeper might have the best interest of his or her bees in mind, but the bees don’t seem to always see it that way. Protective clothing makes beekeeping a lot more enjoyable when the bees take exception to having the roof popped off and their home rummaged through by a human. Also the brush she uses to gently wipe the bees off of the the hive.
Gloves keep the bee keepers safe from being stung. Kathi told us that when bee keepers get very good at what they do, many of them no longer were the gloves.
Then we got to feel and touch a frame that the bees had deposited some honey on. We got to see how bees are very, very good at making shapes. Each honey comb is a "perfect" hexagon, meaning all six sides are of equal length. Click on the following link to read more! http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/05/13/183704091/what-is-it-about-bees-and-hexagons
Next everyone got to see the bee hive that Kathi brought with her and how it is set up. Here is a link to more information.
We also got to see the screened box that honey bees are transferred in if hey com from California.