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!

St. Louis Dad’s Holiday Gift List 2019

The holidays are here! So what better time than to list off some of my favorite gift ideas for this holiday season. In this list I have ideas for everyone in the family… Or at least I hope you’ll find something that they’ll like, if not then just get them some coal.

To start off the list why not hop on the bandwagon and get something that the entire family will enjoy, Disney+.

With the new content and the large catalog of Disney content, Disney+ is sure to be a hit for all in the family. You cannot go wrong with this subscription stuffed into a stocking.

Holiday His and Her Stocking Stuffer

Speaking of stockings, a great stocking stuffer from Shinesty.com are these very cute and very sexy “So that’s how coke is made trio”, a set of boxer, bralette, and cheeky underwear pack.

This set and many of the other combo packs feature adorable animals in very naughty predicaments. A great way to surprise your significant other and keep things exciting during the holiday season. Shinesty.com has a wide range of options in their holiday collection. Head on over to their site to see more!

A View Into Space

For the kid in your life it’s always important to find things for dad and child to do together. That’s where I believe science can play an important role in both of your lives!

One of my favorite things to do is to gaze up at the stars. So why not explore all of great options of telescopes out there. Amazon has a lot of options, but there are even options out there to build your own. Grab a kit or watch a few YouTube videos and see what you and your kiddo can find in the sky!

A Lifetime Memory

Another great idea for gifts this year is instead of actual gifts, give memories. There are so many cool places to go around St. Louis that you can create some amazing memories with your family. A few ideas can be…

  • Any of the numerous theaters
  • Top Golf
  • City Museum
  • The Gateway Arch Museum
  • Six Flags
  • Union Station
  • The Fabulous Fox
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Grants Farm
  • A Cardinals or Blues game

The Christmas Tie

The holidays can’t be complete without dad wearing some crazy holiday tie! So head back on over to Shinesty and grab dad this awesome 8-bit Ugly Christmas tie! They even have a matching suit, so use that information wisely…

The tie even by itself is amazing, I am sure any dad, uncle, or grandpa would love to be sporting this great piece of fashion.

Canvas Print

Always, always, and I mean always a perfect gift for mom is a great canvas print. Smartphones have these great cameras that can take amazing photos and these photos can be printed in high quality and look fantastic on canvas print.

Lazers

Last but not least… a laser! No, not a laser blaster (although that would be cool), what I am referring to is a full spectrum laser. One of these puppies can etch, cut, and help you create some amazing projects. I won’t tell you the price tag but I recommend getting your order placed today!

So there it is! A crazy laser and a bunch of other cool stuff that completes this St. Louis Dad’s holiday gift guide for this year. You are more than welcome to pick me up any of these items, wrapped, and placed under my tree this year.

St. Louis Dad was provided compensation for some items to appears in this gift guide.

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.

7 Ways To Use Honey Without Eating It

Honey is delicious on biscuits and bread, but did you know that it also has healing properties and tons of other uses besides food? In fact, honey has long been held as a natural elixir that can make the body and mind feel good in plenty of ways. With this in mind, let’s explore a few optimal-yet-not-edible ways you can use honey.

1. Burn Recovery

Honey contains natural healing properties that can help the skin regenerate new cells while simultaneously being protected from bacteria and infections that can worsen the wound. In fact, some studies even point to the fact that honey can reduce the needed healing time while reducing scarring and the need for additional treatments.

2. Hair Shine & Conditioner

You’ve probably noticed plenty of shampoo and conditioning products that have honey in them, but have you ever thought to cut out the middleman and create your own conditioner? Probably not. The truth is, manufactured shampoos and conditioners may have traces of honey, but after they go through processing, much of the essential goodness is stripped out.

When you create your own conditioner, you can enjoy Mother Nature’s conditioning remedy straight from the bees. All you need to do is add a teaspoon of honey to a half cup of warm milk and mix it well. Once it’s mixed, apply the concoction from the roots of your hair to the tips. It’ll make your hair more manageable and help soothe your scalp if it’s dry. This is especially important in the winter or if you tend to use a lot of styling products or heat on your hair.

3. Wound Dressing

Burns aren’t the only wounds that can benefit from the healing elements incorporated into honey. Other wounds, such as deep cuts, can dress wounds better than many off-the-shelf items. The honey sterilizes open skin lesions, reduces odor, and can even minimize pain.

Of course, it’s important to see a doctor if you have an open wound. The honey treatment can come after you’ve gotten the okay from your physician that worse things aren’t going on below the skin’s surface.

4. Face Wash

Honey’s healing and moisturizing properties make it a prime ingredient for a homemade facial mask or face wash. To make a face wash, simply place a dollop of honey in your palms and rub it with a bit of warm water. Massage the diluted material over your face, then rinse it with warm water. You’ll be surprised at how invigorated your face feels after the last of the honey bits have been rinsed away!

For a facial mask, simply apply honey straight out of the bottle onto your face and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. The honey will happily add moisture and repairing elements to your skin, which will feel soft and revitalized once you wash it away.

5. Relief from Psoriasis

Psoriasis can cause painful itching and irritation. The worse the condition gets, the itchier and inflamed the skin becomes. There’s some indication that a mixture of honey and olive oil can be more effective than the corticosteroids or vitamin D, which are often prescribed to patients with this skin condition. 

It’s certainly not going to hurt anything to try, so if you’re suffering from a painful skin condition like psoriasis, try putting a bit of honey and olive oil on the irritated spots to see if you get a little relief from the redness.

6. Hormone Reset

People who suffer from insomnia know all too well the pains that come from being awake when the rest of the universe seems to be sleeping. Honey’s properties have been shown to help the hormones that keep people awake—usually cortisol and adrenaline—reset and find their way back to their natural resting states so the people who live with insomnia can get a good night’s rest. 

If this sounds like you, try sprinkling a little salt on top of a teaspoon of honey when the nighttime hours turn into waking hours. And remember to try meditation and other natural fixers that can help ease your mind and bring you back to a peaceful place for a solid slumber.

7. Acne Treatment

Honey contains antimicrobial properties, which can battle the bacteria that are known to live in pores and create acne. When applied to problem areas, these antimicrobial elements will work their way into the pores with a healthy mission in mind, eliminating the grease and goo that’s causing the pores to be backed up in the first place.

If you have blemishes, simply dab a small bit of honey on the problem area and wait 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

When it comes to producing beautiful honey, Local Hive is the best in the business. Thanks to the care we put into our products, you’ll find local honey made from local bees, no matter what “local” may mean to you! Order yours online today!

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