On August 1st, I led honey bee story time at the North Side Branch of the Des Moines Public Library. This story time was part of my Central Iowa Honey Queenship
First, I read the book Little Bee by Edward Gibbs. As you probably know by know, I love using this book to teach why honey bees sting. Honey bees do not like to sting people. They sting mostly to protect the hive.
Here I am reading the book Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski. Bee Dance is my all time favorite children’s honey bee book.
Here I am teaching the kids how to do the waggle dance. The kids then went around the room to collect nectar and pollen from the paper flowers.
I love these pictures that were given to me. The picture in the photo below is my favorite because it can be used to teach about pollen baskets, pollination, or even the effect of chemicals on honey bees.
Here I am teaching about the life cycle of honey bees.
The kids at this program were very attentive. After story time, they were able to color honey bee themed coloring sheets.