1. Picnic Basket 2. Bees: A Honeyed History 3. Straw Hat 4. Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener App 5. Honeycombs 6. Vintage Hexapod Chart 7. Kid’s Neckerchief 8. Wrap-tie Jumpsuit 9. The Secret Life of Bees 10. 3-D Wooden Bee Puzzle 11. Plant These, Save the Trees T-Shirt 12. The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook 13. Bee House 14. Kid’s Rainboots

Connection is a new monthly series here, featuring simple ideas to spark connection points with our children and the world around us each month. In it, I will include books, activities, and style (for fun) that ideally become a bit of a rabbit hole in each of our homes.

A few years ago, we took our first visit to a local apiary. Bees are complex and fascinating creatures, and my children and I learned so much about their importance in the earth and the ways they benefit our lives. We also learned how to not to fear them and which plants and flowers help sustain them. The drone bees crawled on the children’s arms, and the guides showed us gentle ways to waft away honey bees when we encounter them in nature. An apiary visit can be a tasty experience as well as informative, a delightful way to begin outdoor adventures again this Spring.

4 replies
  1. Rebekah Harris
    Rebekah Harris says:

    Thanks for sharing this! My husband and I just went full time into beekeeping this year after doing it as a side job! Bees are so important and we constantly learning new snd fascinating things about them and love when others realize their importance!

  2. Julie
    Julie says:

    I love the idea of visiting an apiary! My family enjoys honey from a local beekeeper and buy wax from her as well to make salves and candles. Besides the wonderful products the bees make, there’s no need to buy stuff or perpetuate a consumer lifestyle to learn, grow and nurture our children and the world around us. Let the bees “speak” for themselves to create the experience and leave all the consumer goods behind. That’s the kind of connection our world needs. xx


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