Eating honey from a beehive is a great learning opportunity for kids
I’m always looking for ways to boost my children’s education of the world around them. As mentioned in previous blog posts, I grew up playing in nature with my siblings and friends. Living where I do now is not as conducive to outdoor time and I sometimes feel that Addie and Coco are missing out on the great adventures of the outdoors. Getting to eat honey from a beehive is one of those great adventures.
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Bees, beehives and honey have never been more talked about in the media
Not to mention that bees have never been more “in.” Honey is the new high fructose corn syrup. It is a natural product from the environment; a perfect resource for us granola types. Even hexagonal cork boards, shelving and picture frames have become all the rage (affiliate links).
After reading The Secret Life of Bees as a teenager, I dreamed of owning my own beehive and swarm of bees to go with it (also, an affiliate link because it is AMAZING and EVERYONE AND THEIR PETS should read it!). The idea of procuring honey from some of the world’s most diligent workers from all types of vegetation intrigued me. In my mind, it’s part of having a simple life.
First comes the hive, then comes the bees and then comes the honey in a brick of bee cheese…
When my dad purchased his first hive, I was ecstatic! Imagine… the learning opportunities for both me and the kids!
We saw him build the beehive, make “food” for the bees over winter, check on the bees during spring and then… just last week… we got to eat raw honey. The honeycomb initially bugged my teeth (due to looks), but when I discovered pools of tasty honey inside each comb, I couldn’t keep my fingers out of it!
Needless to say, the girls were amazed that they could get “tweats” from the bees and had their own hey-day digging through the perfectly-hexagonal honeycomb.