September is National Honey Month. Honey offers kinds of opportunities for tasting parties, hands-on learning activities for teaching a unit lesson about honey and bees for children in school, and activities that parents can do at home with a cooking or tasting activity with their children.
Some interesting facts about honey:
*Honey can be used as a healing ingredient for a variety of treatments such as minor burns.
*Honey dates back 150 years to the Egyptians. They used honey as a form of payment for needed items.
*German peasants also used honey as payment to their feudal landlords.
*Colonists in America used honey to preserve fruit.
Some interesting facts about bees:
*Bees fly at about 15 miles per hour.
*A typical bee colony can house up to 60,000 bees.
*The queen bee lays up to 1500 eggs per day.
*Bees produce beeswax from special glands in their abdomen.
A fun activity for children is a tasting party with honey in several varieties of flavor. Some honey has a nutty flavor. Some honey has an herbal flavor. Honey also comes in shades from light to dark. Children enjoy tasting and choosing their favorite. Teachers who are hosting a tasting party might like to make a LIKE/NOT LIKE graphing chart with stickers as a math activity to extend a lesson on honey.
There are many selections of books that can be used as an introduction to learning about bees and honey. The children's books that have been selected for the List are just a few that are available as fun read-alouds to learn about honey. Included in the List is a great website for fun facts about honey.
Check out the List and celebrate National Honey Month.