How Much Do You Know About Bees?
Am I A Bee? Click To Find Out!
Click and hold on the photos below. If I am a bee, you'll find a photo of the Imagine Plush Bee! Want to see more amazing photos by Maryland biologist Sam Droege? Visit the Flickr site of USGS Bee Monitoring Lab.
To learn more about the insects in these photos, click here.
5 Things Kids Can Do Now!
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1. Give solitary bees a home.
Give homeless bees somewhere to live, and attract bees to your yard by building a bee "hotel." Look on the internet for resources, or click here for a link to a DIY project from our partner, the Pollinator Partnership.
2. Plant fall gardens.
Many people plant flowers only in the spring and summer. But bees also need food in the fall! Ask your local nursery what flowering plants are best for your area. In Washington, D.C., these hardy mums are a great choice! You can also put out a small water dish to quench your backyard bees' thirst. Make sure to put some small stones in the water so the bees don't drown.
3. Buy and eat local honey.
Buy honey from local beekeepers, not the grocery store! This helps support the people who are working the hardest to ensure honeybees are thriving in your backyard. Where can you find local honey? Visit your county or state fair, or look up the beekeepers association in your area. In Washington, D.C., contact the DC Beekeepers Alliance here. For other areas, visit the National Honey Board.
4. Don't pick the dandelions!
We love dandelion crowns, too. But, in early spring, these 'weeds' are often one of the few foods available for hungry pollinators!
5. Spread the word!
Color one or both of our coloring pages, and post a photograph of it on your Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook accounts with the hashtags #BuyABeeSaveABee, and #ImaginePlushBee, to spread the word about Imagine Plush's mission. Together, you and Noor can help others understand how wondrous and important bees really are!
Free Bee Coloring Pages
Click the Adobe buttons below to download and print these free bee coloring pages from muralist Matthew Willey of The Good of The Hive, and Beep and Bob author/illustrator Jonathan Roth! To learn more about Matthew, and The Good of The Hive, read our blog post, or visit The Good of the Hive. To learn more about Jonathan Roth and his chapter book series, available now from Aladdin, visit Beep and Bob.