INCURSION

THE SUPER POLLINATORS

AUSSIE NATIVE BEES

Bees 4 Pre’s

Preschool (3-5 years)

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Australia hosts about 2000 amazing native bee species, vital for the pollination of plants and ecosystem health.

This fun and interactive workshop will introduce young minds to the needs and roles of Australian bees.

THE SUPER POLLINATORS INCURSION

The Super Pollinators Incursion is a rich hands on learning experience designed to ignite interest and proactive conservation for bees. This incursion makes a fabulous introduction to pollination processes, paddock-to-plate themes, sustainability and lifecycles. The experience is comprised of an introductory presentation for the class followed by group rotation around six stations offering fun bee related activities.

Each session receives 6 hotels to install in the garden!

This workshop aims to meet the following ELYF Outcomes via:
  • Shared group experiences
  • Collaborative team work
  • Learning about the needs of humans and animals
  • Proactive skill and knowledge based solutions
  • Promoting sustainability
  • Story, role play and investigation
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WHY BUILD A BEE HOTEL?

The installation of an insect hotel provides an incredible opportunity to witness bee and other invertebrate activity, enhance local biodiversity and encourages children to educate their friends and family.

ACTIVITIES

Following an introduction to the whole class, children will split into groups of five to rotate through these fun activities:

Class – Bees Basics: A richly illustrated super-sized book that introduces key concepts
Activity 1 – Bees Pollinate Flowers: Children dress as a native bee to pollinate waist-height flowers
Activity 2 – Bee Snap: Match the magnetized bee cards to the images on the bee posters
Activity 3 – Bees Help Make Our Food: Choose your favourite bee-pollinated foods from the fruit and veggie shop
Activity 4 – Build for Bees: Make a bee hotel*
Activity 5 – Bees Make Nests: Find the perfect pieces of bamboo to arrange in the hotel*
Activity 6 – Magnificent Minibeasts: View a range of minibeasts and super-sized bee models with magnifying glasses
Class – A Place for Bees: We check out your garden for installation sites and discuss best ways to look after your bee guests
Post Workshop – Make it Bee-utiful: Decorate your bee hotels

 

* MAKE A BEE HOTEL

Make an insect hotel for local native bee species! Timber insect hotels are supplied as 5 piece building blocks that connect together. Each child will enjoy the challenge of fitting the pieces together with a toy hammer to create a bee hotel. Please note there are no nails or small pieces used for this activity. We also provide fully constructed hotels for each child to fill with bamboo during Activity 6.

Six bee hotels per session are yours to keep!

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THE EARLY LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR AUSTRALIA (EYLF)

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of Identity:

  • Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world: 

  • Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing:

  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

4: Children are confident and involved learners:

  • Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

  • Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

  • Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

  • Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators:

  • Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts

  • Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

 

INCURSION PRICES

BEES 4 PRE'S

$40000*
  • $200 for each additional session
  • Keep 6 bee hotels per session
  • 1 hour duration per session
  • Maximum 5 sessions per day
  • Travel costs may apply
  • * Base rate for first session
  • Maximum 30 children/session

THE SUPER POLLINATORS – INFORMATION SHEETS

Instructions to make your own insect hotel from our kit

The Basic Buzz – A book about bees for teachers and students

Instructions to make your own insect hotel from scratch

Who is in my bee hotel? ID your guests

Bee in the know – instructions to install your insect hotel

Pollinator Survey – Pollinators in the school yard

Make your own mud brick for blue-banded bees

The Super Pollinators –  Super Puzzles

MADE A HOTEL? WHAT NEXT?

Paint it

Paint your hotel in non toxic (child friendly) floral coloured paint! Finish with eco-friendly lacquer – supplied to school workshops.

Watch It

Do not stand in the flight path of your bee guests – observe from the side

Most solitary bees have an annual cycle. Females’ lays eggs over summer then die. The young over-winter in the nest & hatch in spring – it may take several cycles for them to find your hotel. Other insects may like it too – it’s good habitat!

Many solitary bee species can sting you, however they are not aggressive and it is very rare for them to do so

Place It

Secure your B & B 1-2 m above ground where it receives morning sun, afternoon shade & minimal weather exposure. It can be undercover on a veranda, on a fence post or under a tree!

Report It

Monitor & report insect activity on the Questagame or iNaturalist app to build our knowledge about bee behaviour and distribution – it uploads to the Atlas of Living Australia.

Participate in bee surveys such as Pollinator Week.

Inspire others – Talk it up – add a story about your Super Pollinators project to our Facebook page.

Get Planting

Feed your bees! Flowers in different colours & shapes – exotics & local natives – something in flower all the time!

Ask your local community or council nursery about local plants for local fauna – very important to maintain plant host relationships for pollinators!

Download ‘Bee Friendly’ (resources and links page) for bee attracting plants

The closer your hotel to flowers, the less flight time required to collect pollen & nectar for the brood & the more eggs can be laid! More bees!

Leave some bare earth & dead wood for nesting.

Chemicals and pesticides can kill bees – BEE friendly!

Repeat

Once the young emerge they will not reuse that cavity, so replace the content with bamboo, curled bark, pithy stems or drilled rounds for new uptake.

Different species seek different size holes – provide a range of 2-9 mm holes.

Make another hotel – salvaged untreated recycled hardwood is ideal. Build a box or reclaim a small drawer – get creative!