DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

This STEM project is to help the bees. Offering native bees a home to build their nests is a good way to share our spades and support them in their hard work of pollinating our gardens. Native bees, if they decide to take up residence in your bee house, are docile and make good neighbors because they are unlikely to sting.DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

Thank you to Monsanto for sending us this DIY Bee House kit! Learn about bees with Val from Monsanto. She also goes over how to make the bee house. We made our own bee house, and our video is at the bottom.

Build Your Own Bee House from Monsanto STEM Education Outreach on Vimeo.

DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

To build a bee house, you will need:

  • Construction paper or pre-made cardboard bee tubes (or a combination of both)
  • Empty milk carton
  • Zip ties – 12 inch

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You will also need:

  • duct tape
  • masking tape or scotch tape
  • scissors
  • pencil (used to roll construction paper around to make tube)
  • stickers or decorations (optional)

Learn About Bees

  • Did you know that there are around 4,000 species of bees in North America and many of them are completely different from the bees we normally picture when we think of bees?
  • Native bees help pollinate not only the flowers that our gardens pretty but also cherry trees, apples, squash, watermelons, and many other fruits and vegetables that we eat.
  • Bees are responsible for pollinating more than 75% of the world’s crops.
  • Most of our native bees are solitary.

Life Cycle of Solitary Bees

Vocabulary About The Science of Bees

learning about bees: vocabulary

Entomology: the study of insects

Apiarist: a person who takes care of bees; also known as a beekeeper

Pollination: the transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma

Pollinator: an organism that transfers pollen to other organisms

Solitary: by itself; alone

Pollen Basket: on bees, a smooth area on the hind tibia of each leg fringed with long hairs and serving to transport pollen

Larva: the young, wingless, feeding stage of an insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis

Shelter: something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms

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DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

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DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

4 Comments

  1. Great project idea…so many children are afraid of bees. Fight fear with knowledge!

  2. What a cool project! Have any bees moved in yet?
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