Bees Help Plants Pollinate

Bees help plants pollinate so we have food. They are dying and we all need to help plant flowers to attract and feed bees. A popular plant that bees enjoy are sunflowers. Who doesn't love those big beautiful flowers?

Bees really need and enjoy sunflower pollen and nectar. Kids can help do their part by planting sunflowers, while seeing their results in a life size flower - perhaps even taller than they are? As a wild flower, they'll grow and flourish in many areas, while providing an excellent way for a child to plant a seed and literally watch it grow right past them!

Many of our kids living in urban areas can actually help improve our declining bee population. Bees like an urban area if it has a good source of plants it can get nectar from. Why? They can "Buzz" around all day and not use too much energy since all the various flowers are close together! Pretty smart, huh!

Here's some cool "factoids" about Bees:

  • There are over 20,000 different species of Bees!
  • Bees actually have different tongue lengths that adapt to different flowers!
  • Bees have great color vision - that's why they enjoy such colorful flowers to get their nectar from.
  • The "Honeycomb" that bees use when they come back to their home with honey is the most practical structure in the world. Many mathematicians have argued that fact for centuries. They still use the same principal today!
  • Bees are very efficient - they need only 1 ounce of honey to circle the globe!
  • What's with the "Buzz"!?!? Well, a bee flaps it's little tiny wings about 200 times per second!! Hence, that buzz.....

Bees help plants pollinate

Bees and other pollinators help spread the pollen needed to produce our food. That's why bees are so important. There are lots of reasons that bees are declining - mostly pesticides are blamed. As kids, we can't stop pesticides from being used, but, we can do our part to help feed and nourish the bees we need!

Plant and grow colorful nectar producing flowers to attract bees and help them help us! 

When a bee goes into a flower for it's nutrients, the pollen sticks to their wings. When they go to the next flower, some of that pollen rubs off on the new flower. This is how so many flowers and foods get pollinated.

Let's all do our part to help keep bees happy and pollinating our crops and flowers!

Do bees sting? Yes, but usually only when protecting themselves. Just like many animals, they are very curious and always looking for a source of food.