Monday, September 23, 2019

Humbling tumbling bee


We have had hardy plants called sedum  growing in our yard for years. The plants are flowering now. But the insects are mostly small butterflies, a few honey bees, and flies. Until this year, those plants were covered in bumble bees, monarch butterflies and every winged insect imaginable.



I was delighted to discover this happy little bee when I took the boys on a walk the other day.
 Its body was like velcro for the pollen.

It made Alex and me laugh out loud when the little bee started rolling around and tumbling inside the flower collecting pollen and nectar. MADE MY DAY!

This activity made Alex's day. He hammered golf tees inserted into foam leaves, with letters printed on them, into his pumpkin. When he arrived at our house and saw the pumpkin in the living room, he lifted it and carried it around, so happy, and he kept saying, "My punkin."

Total cost, $4.00: Dollar Store items, $2.00, (golf tees and leaves) a pumpkin $2.00.

Benefits: hand-eye coordination, new vocabulary words and conversation, as he hammered with his toy hammer, and pride from a job well done. He is only being introduced to letters and his name.


7 comments:

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

I love this post, Linda. The bee had to be fun to watch, and what a great learning moment for the boys. Nature in action. And the ideas you come up with for crafts that naturally encourage development . . . you should put all of these in a book for those of us who don't yet have grandchildren but hope to some day. I need something like that in my back pocket!

Val said...

I've never caught a bee in the act like that! Very cool. Alex looks thrilled with his "punkin."

Connie said...

Great pictures of the bee in action! Alex looks like he is having a great time while learning things too.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda--Lisa's idea is a good one. You should consider self-publishing a book of affordable but creative things to do with young kids.

Seriously.

DUTA said...

The pictures of the bee are fascinating! Personally, I try to keep away from bees as it seems they 'like' me too much and sting me.
As usual, Alex is charming. The blue of his shirt goes well with the orange of the pumpkin.

likeschocolate said...

What a darling little boy. His smile made me smile. Never seen a bee covered in so much pollen. Have a wonderful week.

Sandi said...

Thinking of you and praying for you.