Top 5 Ways to Teach Kids about Bees

Bees are a valuable part of the ecosystem. Teaching kids about them eliminate their fear of bees and is also a way of conserving and protecting them given their already dwindling population. However, teaching kids is not a walk in the park due to their short attention spans. Here are 5 tips to help you educate kids about bees

1. Show Your Enthusiasm about Bees

Be enthusiastic when talking about bees, and try to share the most intriguing and fascinating facts about them to pique the kid’s interests. Tell them what fascinates you the most about bees and honey; be it the fact that they are the only insects that make food for humans, or that honey doesn’t expire. By being passionate and enthusiastic about the subject, the excitement can rub onto the children and make them eager to learn more about bees.

2. Incorporate Visual Aids When Teaching

Visual aids help kids get a clearer picture of what you are trying to explain. Incorporate photographs, videos, and slides when explaining to them about your subject. For example, you can have pictures of bees festooning, videos of them laying eggs or honey harvesting videos. This way, the kids get a better understanding through observation. While visual aids may help you organize your learning session, be mindful not to use too much of them. They may end up being a distraction rather than enhancing your teaching.

3. Use Tactile Aids

During your teaching session, bring in physical objects for demonstration purposes. These may include bee smokers, beehive model boxes, beekeeping suits, and even honey and honeycombs. Explain to them what they are, and let them touch and even use them after the lesson. Letting the kids interact with these objects during the class may make them lose their concentration. Hence, only allow them access to the objects after you are done teaching.

4. Questions and Games

A great way to engage with the kids and keep them active is by asking them questions and including fun activities like games into their learning sessions. This stimulates their imagination and keeps the learning session lively. You can decide to ask them general questions on bees or encourage them to share their experiences with bees.

Games give kids a break and help them retain what they have learned. Try a game like musical chairs where kids move around buzzing and when the music stops, they try to land on set “flowers”. Educational games like Queenspotting and The Story of Bees are also great ways for kids to learn and have fun at the same time.

5. Go for Beehive Tours

Give the kids a real-life experience by taking them to for beehive tours and honey farm visits. These tours are an opportunity to watch bees in their natural setting and also learn about how honey is made. It is important to go for these tours after giving them a presentation on what they will find so that they know what to expect, and also ask informed questions while in the field. Always ensure that the kids are wearing beekeeping suits for protection before visiting the bees to avoid getting stung.

For successful teaching, always have a structure or plan of what you are going to talk about to avoid going off the topic. Since kids can become overly excited, make sure you are in control enough to keep them attentive for better learning. After the session, you can give them a taste of honey to reinforce the benefits of bees and also reward them for being attentive!

Five Fun Activities To Do With Your Children

Keeping your children entertained is one thing but for you to enjoy what they’re doing is something that is often hit and miss. Not every activity you do with your child is going to be a fun one for yourself. However, you should actively look for more things to do with your children, that you can both enjoy equally. Here are five fun activities to do with your children.

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Fly A Drone

Drones have certainly gotten a bit of a bad reputation in recent years, mainly because some have been using it to cause trouble. However, there are many benefits to using drones, and as an activity, a drone should also be enjoyed by the everyday family, just like you would with a remote-controlled helicopter toy or flying a kite. Most of the time, drones can be harmless and as long as you use it safely and in an open area, that’s all that matters. You want to be careful about where you’re flying it and where you are as a location. Flying a drone near an airport is going to cause trouble, especially as airports are considered secure areas. So if an unauthorised device is flying into the runway, then it’s going to end badly for you certainly. Be sure to know how to operate a drone safely. When allowing the children to use it, keep an eye on what they’re doing and to take over should they start flying off in the wrong direction. Here are some other options on drones if you’re looking to buy one.

Do Some Baking

Baking is something that most kids are going to enjoy because they’re using the kitchen and cooking with the oven and various other kitchen appliances that they may not have been allowed to touch beforehand. It’s something they’ll likely be very excited about because it’s a very ‘adult’ job for them to be doing. It’s definitely important to get your children to do more baking because it teaches them those life skills that they’ll need when they become adults. Having those life skills are going to be more beneficial than them not having it at all. It’s messy yes, but you also benefit from it as a parent as it’s quality time spent with your child and you get some food to eat afterwards.

Take Them To The Cinema

A trip to the cinema is always exciting, and it’s a good opportunity to get everyone sat down together to watch a film. When you’re watching something from home, you don’t get the same experience because you’re able to come and go as you please. Within a cinema setting, there’s no moving or ability to pause the movie whilst you go and do something in the home. It’s definitely something that’s worth doing every so often as a treat for the whole family to enjoy and to keep the cinema experience alive, even though it’s now much more experience to see a film than it was before.

Have A Picnic In A Local Park

A picnic down your local park is a lovely way to spend quality time with your family. Use it as an opportunity to sit down, relax and watch the world go by. We all have local parks nearby, so pick one local to you and get all the family involved to prep the food that’s going to be eaten as part of the picnic. Pack a blanket or two and get some camping chairs for those who don’t want to sit on the floor. Bring a few games too if the park allows the space to play those sporting activities that require a lot of space.

Take Part In An After-School Class

An after-school class or activity is important for your children to be a part of as they grow, and it helps them to figure out what they want to be doing in life. These after-school classes could be anything like choir practise or learning how to technology better. A class with you and your child working on it together or just enjoying it together will hopefully teach them to explore more as they get older. You want to be a positive influence and role model for them, so use these opportunities to really show how much fun can be head with these after-school classes.

Finding fun activities that you and your children can do together is extremely important to their growth. Use these as a way of bonding with your child and growing the relationship.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

5 Fun Days Out With Kids For A Rainy Day

“Rain, rain go away come again another day” – thankfully there’s no reason to wish away rainy days any more because now there are so many great activities that can get you out of the house and doing something fun, no matter the weather outside. So put down the TV remote and  get out of the house to give one of these five days out a try the next time the rain comes. 

  1. Let the kids monkey around at a climbing centre
    Days cooped up inside can have both you and your kids climbing the walls so put that energy to good use and try climbing the walls at your local climbing centre. If you don’t fancy harnesses and heights then why not try your hand at bouldering which involves no equipment (except some climbing shoes which are usually available for hire) or find a centre with some auto belays and have a go on some larger walls. Climbing is a great workout and a full body energy burner that will be enjoyable for the whole family. Just remember that as with any sport, climbing can be dangerous and so will involve some parental supervision, but don’t let that put you off trying it. 
  2. Bowl a strike at your local bowling lanes
    Looking for an indoor activity that’s fun for all the family? Then why not visit your local bowling lanes and bowl away those rainy day blues. Bowling is a sport that’s very easy to pick up and great for kids, with simple lane adaptations available to make it accessible for all ages and skill levels. Most bowling alleys also have fun arcade games and great dining facilities on site making it the perfect way to while away an afternoon otherwise spent on the sofa.
     
  3. See history in action at a local museum. Become a tourist in your hometown and visit your local museum to get out of the house and learn something new. If you don’t have a museum near you then make a daytrip to one nearby and let history keep you entertained.  Most museums have kid-friendly activities such as treasure hunts, quiz sheets and interactive exhibitions which will keep your family entertained for hours while also keeping their brains active.
  4. Get wet anyway and go swimming
    Did you know that swimming has been proven to reduce stress levels in parents? Science aside swimming is another great indoor activity that will get you and the kids out of the house and having some active fun, making it perfect for a rainy day otherwise spent indoors.
  5. Visit an aquarium
    If you don’t fancy swimming yourself then why not watch the fish do it at your local aquarium. Unlike zoos, aquariums are usually entirely indoors meaning that although you’ll be surrounded by water you won’t be getting wet. What’s more, you can see and learn about all manner of marine life from clown fish to jellyfish, stingrays to sharks. Aquariums are often designed with children in mind and again will quite offer kid friendly activities and a range of interactive marine activities.

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Family Friendly Haircuts at an Affordable Price

When I was a kid, one of the things that bugged me the most was when back-to-school commercials started at the end of July / beginning of August. I would go back to school late in August so the summer was only half over! I had 30 more days of no homework, going to the pool, and playing with friends. Why would I want to disrupt my focus with a haircut?! Summer was my escape from school! It never really hit me that for some kids, school is the escape.

For many kids, back-to-school means the end of freedom. For others it means something so much more. It means opportunity, a meal, and a safe environment – all things I took for granted. Our family stylist Joey sees the possibility in every child and wants to help them get that fresh start for a bright future.

Which is why this St. Louis Dad takes his family to visit Joey for all of our hair needs. From cuts, to styles, to dyes, and curls, Joey knows exactly how to keep your family looking fresh!

For the next several weeks during this back to school season, make an appointment to come see Joey for his family friendly service, stylish haircuts, and expert advice on keeping your hair fresh for the start of the school year!

So stop in to get your child’s hair cut! While you’re there, take a picture for Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag Joey! He will even share a few of his favorites! If you have the time you can even schedule an appointment for yourself or the whole family!

Feel the freedom this summer. A haircut can change the life of a child by giving them the confidence they need to be their best!

And don’t forget about yourself! Joey can style any type of hair, contact today!