Belle and Boo love nothing more than playing outside, surrounded by nature. Whether they’re having a picnic in the woods with their friends or running through wild flowers in the meadows, they just love to be outside whenever possible.
Today is World Bee Day, a day for Belle and Boo and the rest of us too, to thank our buzzy bumble bee friends, for all they do to look after our outside world. Thank you bees for keeping our flowers smelling sweet, our food growing in the fields and of course, making all of that delicious honey!
Bees Are Vital
Bees are vital for the preservation of planet Earth’s very delicate ecosystem. By buzzing around from plant to plant, bees move pollen around, enabling the plants to make seeds and grow into brand new flowers and food crops.
The conservation of bees and beekeeping can help us reduce poverty and hunger as well as create a sustainable agriculture industry and healthy environment for everyone. But scientists have now found that our busy buzzy bee friends are becoming endangered.
Here are some ways we can help keep bees happy and healthy:
Plant or sow some beautiful honey plants in your garden such as Lavender, Bluebells or Rosemary. Bees like these the best and they help them make delicious flavours of honey
Set up a nesting box in your garden so bees can have a nice environment to lay their eggs
Mow the grass in your garden in the evenings, when the bees have gone to bed but before the children have!
Buy delicious honey from your local beekeeper. Eating honey which is made near where you live is also very good for those of you with sneezy hay
If a bee looks very sleepy and tired in your house, leave a teaspoon of sugary water near it so the bee can get some much needed energy and then fly off back to its home.
Fun Bee Activities to Celebrate World Bee Day
World Bee Day is the best day to teach your children about bees and why they are so important to look after. You can do this by getting them involved with a whole host of fun activities, from crafts to cooking to gardening. Why not see what you can complete from our suggested list below and send in your photos by tagging @belleandboo on Instagram or Facebook.
Go for a walk in a garden and see how many bees you can count
Make a bee painting using bubble wrap and paint
- First, cut out a beehive shape from some bubble wrap.
- Then paint the bubble wrap (bubble side up) with orange and yellow paints.
- Next, press your painted bubble wrap onto your chosen paper.
- Then dip your thumb into the yellow paint and create bees around the hive.
- Draw stripes and wings on your bees using a black marker pen.
Paint your foot yellow and create a bumblebee painting.
- Make a yellow footprint by painting your foot with yellow paint
- Once dry, glue on googly eyes and draw the wings, stripes, antennae, and smiley face using either a black marker or paint.
- Create your very own buzzy bee from a balloon
- Place a hex nut inside a yellow balloon.
- Blow up the balloon and tie it up. Don’t blow it up too big, otherwise it might pop easily.
- Use a black marker pen to draw stripes, wings and a face to your bee.
- To get your bee to buzz, simply spin the hex nut inside the balloon!
- Bake some delicious cupcakes made of honey from your local bee hive
For 12 cupcakes you will need:
For the honey cupcakes:
- 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
96g cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 192g cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 120g cup buttermilk
- 85g cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the honey cream cheese Icing:
- 189g cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 113g cream cheese, softened
- 384g icing sugar
- 3 tablespoons honey
To make the cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 170 °c and line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- In medium bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In small bowl mix together the buttermilk, honey and vanilla.
- In a mixer (fitted with the paddle attachment) beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until combined.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
- Gradually add the bowls of dry and wet ingredients, alternating starting and ending with dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Using ice cream scoop or spoons, fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.
- Let the cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
To make the honey cream cheese icing:
- In a mixer (fitted with the paddle attachment) beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until combined.
- Gradually add the icing sugar and continue the mixing scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
- Mix in the honey.
- Place the icing in a piping bag fitted with a round decorating tip and swirl the icing on top of the cooled cupcake, going in a circular motion.