Make your own honeycomb candle!
Taste real honey made by bees!
This amazing Nature Watch Activity Kit appeals to each of the 5 senses! If it's one insect that kids know a little bit about... it's bees. But most kids only know about the part that hurts! Honey bees are fascinating creatures to study and they play a critical role in our food chain.
Ages 4 and up. This kit contains real honey. Please be aware of any participant who may be allergic.
Video: Step by Step Assembly
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Learn about the colonies that honey bees live in and the role that workers, drones, and queen bees play.
- Discover how bees make honey and honeycomb, and what they use it for.
- Feel a piece of honeycomb and taste real honey!
- Honeycomb squares and wick for each child to make their own beautiful, natural 4" honeycomb candle from.
- Individual wax straw packets of real clover honey for each child to taste.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that contains everything instructors need to teach about honey bees-plus ideas for additional projects, a reproducible activity sheet, some simple recipes that include honey and lots of fun facts
Note: Honeycomb becomes brittle if it gets too cold and melts if it gets too hot! This is a great project for indoor or outdoor environments with temperatures between 70-95 degrees. Honeycomb can be warmed with a hair dryer to regain its elasticity if needed.
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General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3 and NS.5-8.3 Life Science.
Content Standard C: The Characteristics of Organisms (K-4)
Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
Life Cycles of Organisms (K-4)
Plants and animals have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing, and eventually dying. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms.
Plants and animals closely resemble their parents.
Many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents of the organism, but other characteristics result from an individual’s interactions with the environment.
Reproduction and Heredity (5-8)
Reproduction is a characteristic of all living systems; because no individual organism lives forever, reproduction is essential to the continuation of every species.
Specific (California standards):
(2.2b) Students know the sequential stages of life cycles are different for different animals, such as butterflies, frogs, and mice.
(2.2c) Students know many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents. Some characteristics are caused or influenced by the environment.
(2.2d) Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.
(4.3c) Students know many plants depend on animals for pollination and seed dispersal, and animals depend on plants for food and shelter.
(6.5c) Students know populations of organisms can be categorized by the functions they serve in an ecosystem.