Save the Honeybees | They Keep the World Sweet

Educate and empower children with projects to work toward solving the world's declining bee populations - understanding the role of bees is critical for all ecosystems as well as our very own food supply. With the bee population spiraling downward (and important crops threatened) it's time we help save the bees before there are none left at all!

Did you know the honeybee population is in rapid decline? With a Colony Collapse Disorder around 2006, they remain in danger today from pesticides, climate change, mites, and habitat destruction. So how can we help?

Here are some ways kids can help honeybees and the environment as a whole this summer while still having fun.

  1. Create a BEE-Friendly Garden 

    Mom planting flowers with her children

Honeybees need pollen and nectar from flowers to survive. One simple activity is investigating what kinds of bee-friendly plants grow in your area, then have children design and plant a Bee Garden for these creatures! You may be wondering if encouraging honeybees to visit flowers can be dangerous with kids around. It turns out that when collecting food, bees are unlikely to sting unless stepped on or caught . . . but this might not be an appropriate activity for those who are allergic.

  1. Create a BEE Watering Hole

Honeybees work up quite a thirst foraging and collecting nectar. Fill a shallow birdbath or bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles and stones inside so that they break the surface of the water to create an inviting watering hole for bees! Bees will land on these thirsty helpers to take long refreshing drinks before continuing their hard day’s work in your garden. How will you decorate your bee watering hole? We’d love to see a picture!
  1. BEE Respectful

Many people don’t consider that insects are living creatures, just like humans. In fact, they might look and act differently than us, but it is important to treat them with care because we all share the same planet together. For example: never pick up a honeybee hive you find in the wild without asking an adult first; if bees see flowers or plants that attract them, then leave those alone as well; watch where you walk when walking through your yard or garden barefoot - this way kids can learn to respect not only our world-shared environment but also other animals around us!

  1. Provide Trees for BEES

Tree huggers, rejoice! The humble bee is an important pollinator of flowers and your favorite fruits. In fact, a single colony can visit millions of blossoms in one day for its sugar fix! That's why it's so crucial that we take care of the environment they live in - trees are not only where bees get most of their nectar, but they also offer them protection from predators. So next time you're out wondering what you can do for the world around you, bolster bee habitats by caring for trees, or organize a tree-planting party with friends and neighbors!

  1. Keep it BEE-Local

Local beekeepers are people who make a living by caring for bees. They rely on the community to help them keep their hives healthy and thriving, but they need all of our support! Here's how you can show your appreciation: buy honey from local producers (especially if it helps with seasonal allergies), donate time or resources, volunteer at your local hive society or environmental group – any way that you give back is greatly appreciated!
  1. Treat Yourself!

    Child scooping honey from a jar.

We didn’t want to end without some fun activities you can treat yourself to. Get the kiddos in the kitchen with these tasty honey recipes. We all know cooking is more fun when we get the whole family involved!

The National Honey Board put together their favorite kid-friendly recipes because they want to showcase the wonder that is HONEY! From breakfast muffins, lunchbox snacks, simple dinner, and flavorful dessert ideas - check out these 14 delicious dishes that will make everyone happy. Spend time making memories in the kitchen while eating yummy food! 🐝🐝🐝