kiddie pool, parent co summer camp digest

The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web  for curious kids of all ages.
(Curated by Jamie Sumner)

Summer is here. Ready or not. What better way to kick off the season than to celebrate with the rest of the planet on World Environment Day? This year, we’re giving a round of applause and some love to the little guy, the bee.

bees and flowers

Fun Facts About Bees

A bee's brain chemistry changes if they change jobs in the hive.

Hive Jobs: Queen, Drones, Guard, Forager, Queen’s Attendants, Cleaners, Honey Makers, Architect, Undertaker, and Nurse.

Hive Jobs: Queen, Drones, Guard, Forager, Queen’s Attendants, Cleaners, Organizers and Honey Makers, Architect, Undertaker, and Nurse and House Bee.

Roles in the hive: Queen, Drones, Guard, Forager, Queen’s Attendants, Cleaners, Organizers and Honey Makers, Architect, Undertaker, and Nurse and House Bee.

Bees work themselves to death

In the winter months, when the hive is dormant, bees can live up to nine months, but in the summer bees usually only survive six weeks.

In the winter months, when the hive is dormant, bees can live up to nine months, but in the summer bees usually only survive six weeks.

In the winter months, when the hive is dormant, bees can live up to nine months, but in the summer bees usually only survive six weeks.

They're math wizzezzzzz

Bumble bees always fly the most efficient route between flowers. They're the only animal known to have figured it out!

Bumble bees always fly the shortest, most efficient route between flowers. This type of problem-solving is tricky for humans, and they're the only animal known to have figured it out!

Bumble bees always fly the shortest, most efficient route between flowers. This type of problem-solving is tricky for humans, and they're the only animal known to have figured it out!

Bees are responsible for one of every three bites of food in the U.S.

Through pollination, bees help produce many of our specialty crops like almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables.

Through pollination, bees help produce many of our specialty crops like almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables.

Through pollination, bees help produce many of our specialty crops like almonds, berries, fruits and vegetables.

Their hives are amazingly smart

Mathematicians have proven that the hexagonal construction of their hives is the most efficient use of material possible.

Mathematicians have proven that the hexagonal construction of their hives is the most efficient use of material possible.

Mathematicians have proven that the hexagonal construction of their hives is the most efficient use of material possible.

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Watch & Learn

Videos about bees and our planet

 

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The Honey Bee
Can plants talk to each other?
repurposed plastic from the ocean makes new (old) art
Stephen Colbert and Viggo Mortensen: Save the Bees
Forms in Nature
The color blue is rare in nature

But Why?

A podcast for curious kids from Vermont Public Radio

How Do Butterflies Fly?

How do butterflies fly? Why are butterflies called butterflies? How do airplanes fly? If gravity pulls everything down, how do planes and rockets get up in the air? Why do planes have engines and how do they make them? We’re visiting ECHO, the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for answers.

 

Take A Deep Dive

Help to save the bees – create a bee garden!

 

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Unless you are allergic to bees, bees are harmless when left to themselves. They prefer to do their thing while you do yours, putting dinner on the table for us all. To help keep the little workers employed, let your kids create a pollinator-friendly flower garden. From backyard to balcony, these flowers can grow anywhere—a plus for those of us without naturally green thumbs.

Purchase wildflower seeds that target pollinators. Poppies, sunflowers, mint, and thyme are all big winners with bees. Make sure you find a good mix that’s Non-GMO, Neonicotinoid-Free, and nectar rich. (Get 10% off a great pollinator mix)

 

Clear a patch of earth by digging up grass or clearing weeds. Spread a thin layer of potting soil over the area. Alternately, fill window boxes or free-standing pots.

 

Gently shake the seeds over the soil and gently press the seeds into the soil (some flowers won’t germinate if they’re covered with soil).

 

Water immediately and then follow the directions on the packet for watering frequency.

 

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Parent Co. partnered with American Meadows  because they’re committed to keeping the bees happy, healthy, and buzzing about.


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Covet & Collect

Bee artistic

 

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Get your groove on

Buzzworthy jams

 

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  1. “Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies
  2. “Mother Nature’s Son” – Beatles
  3. “Down to Earth” (from WALL-E) – Peter Gabriel
  4. “Beautiful Day” –U2
  5. “Bein’ Green” –Kermit
  6. “Big Yellow Taxi”—Counting Crows Version
  7. “The 3 R’s” –Jack Johnson
  8. “Circle of Life” (from Lion King)
  9. “Society”—Eddie Vedder
  10. “Clear Blue Skies” –Crosby, Stills & Nash

 

 Page Turners

Sweet reads

 

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book about bees for kids "bee and me"

Bee and Me by Alison Jay

Show Me the Honey, A Cat-in-the-Hat Reader

 

Look up the stars

Libra

 

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libra constallation

What more appropriate constellation to celebrate the environment than Libra, the scales? After all, nature is all about balance. We’ve got to give a little with every bit we take.

“This week, you’ll find Libra almost due south between 10 p.m. and midnight local daylight time. It’s really only important because it’s part of the zodiac. But Libra could just as well have served as part of the two larger constellations that flank it: the Scorpion to its left, or the Virgin to its right.” Read more about Libra


star walk

Get some star-gazing assistance

Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 


 

Night Sky Family

Some reading for you

The Wonder of Exploring the Night Sky With My Young Son

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Parent Co. partnered with American Meadows  because they’re committed to keeping the bees happy, healthy, and buzzing about.


Get 10% off all wildflower seeds with the code:

 FEEDTHEBEES