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.

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.

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

Jason Beware – A Friday the 13th Fan Film

Jason is back like you have never seen him before!!! But you better beware, he’s got a curfew and has to have his snack before bed time. It’s not Friday the 13th, it’s JASON BEWARE!

Starring my own two little crazy kids, this fan film is a short one highlighting the return of the crazed Jason! We shot the film at a local park with just a few on-lookers seeing our gruesome scene. We laughed and played it off like we do this all of the time, which we don’t. LOL! Filmed on an iPhone 8+ and edited using Sony Vegas, with the bloody special effects provided by Mom.

Now, grab a handful of popcorn because this isn’t very long, but it’s definitely intense. Prepare for Jason Beware!

Behind the scenes, it was a hot one when we filmed, but we kept cool with plenty of water and plenty of breaks in the shade. Our next plan is to film Jason Beware 2 over the next few weeks with more actors and actresses! So be on the lookout for that in the coming weeks!!!

Mom also did some amazing photography work and has been editing like a crazy lady to have them ready to post. The full photo set is coming soon!

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