Mason Bees are amazing pollinators and kids love to watch these friendly non-stinging bees work. Help your kids become Backyard Scientists and teach them how to explore their yards and gardens. Help them not be afraid of bees and have them learn the difference between honey bees & mason bees, learn how pollinators make their food and teach them about their ecosystem and how to care for ALL pollinators. We have created fun and interactive workbooks and worksheets that are printable in color or black and white and have provided videos that you can share with your kids.
FUN FACTS FOR KIDS:
- CLUMSY LITTLE BEES – The honey bee carefully collects pollen on their back legs, whereas the mason bee BELLY FLOPS onto the flower and gets pollen all over their bodies.
- BEE AMAZED! – It’s good to be clumsy. Mason bees pollinate 95% of the flowers they land on.
- HARD WORKERS – Mason bees visit up to 2,000 flowers a day.
- HELP HONEYBEES – It only takes 400 female mason bees to do the work of 40,000 honeybees.
- WORK ALONE – They work by themselves, find their own food, build their own nest and lay eggs
- FARMERS LOVE MASON BEES – Farmers release 1,000 mason bees per acre to pollinate their crops, which helps them produce more food.
- APPLES, BLUEBERRIES, ALMONDS, PEARS & CHERRIES – The food you eat was made by a pollinator.
Rent Mason Bees is the only company in the country who has a mason bee program where you “host” mason bees. By simply hanging up a mason bee house and nesting block, your bees will pollinate your yard and then lay eggs or “baby bees” in your nesting block. The kids love seeing how many holes get plugged because inside every plugged hole are 3-5 babies.
At the end of the season, you mail your nesting block back to Rent Mason Bees and they clean and harvest the babies, who have now turned into cocoons. Then, next Spring your babies are sent to farmers all over Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho to pollinate crops.
The results are: your garden gets pollinated, healthy bees are put back into the ecosystem and farmers produce more food.
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