We have prepared two activities that you could use on the Bee Mindful Quests. Each activity has been produced in a electronic / print friendly hand out that you could use in class or at home with your families.
Print friendly version (includes images):
Rock painting guide
Please see below for a step by step guide on how to create your own positivity rock!
- First you’ll need some rocks
You can find rocks just about anywhere in nature, so the choice is yours when it comes to deciding which ones you’ll want to paint. Keep your eyes peeled for some suitable ones on your travels
- Clean the rocks
Once you’ve collected the rocks that you’ll be painting, cleaning them is the next step. The best method would be to simply soak them in hot water for a few minutes, then scrub away at any dirt with a toothbrush or the abrasive side of a sponge. Pat with a towel and let air dry completely before painting.
- Paint for your rocks
You’ll need some paint and paint brushes.These aren’t as easy to find in nature as rocks, so you’ll need to pick some up at your local arts and crafts store, or you can buy them online. The best paint for rocks that we’ve found is acrylic paint – they even sell acrylic paint markers, which we find to be the best for rock painting.
- Base coat first!
Paint a base coat on your rock for the best results, then just get creative!
Once your rock art is complete, don’t forget to make it water tight by varnish, PVA glue or even clear nail varnish. We can recommend using spray varnish.
- Leaving a message
On the reverse of your rock you can direct the finder to our Bee Mindful Facebook group and leave other instructions on what to do with their find.
Bee Hive Yourself
Create your own bee hotel
Britain’s bees are in trouble. 35 UK bees’ species are under threat of extinction, and all species face serious threats. Right now, they need us almost as much as we need them.
The decline in bees' would have a serious impact on how our natural world functions. This includes our food crops. Bees pollinate much of the food that makes our diets healthy and tasty – from the apple in our lunchbox, to the tomatoes on our pizza. There are lots of ways to make a bee hotel. The simplest method is to use an old plastic bottle stuffed with lengths of twigs and stems.
Collect nesting materials
You can find bamboo in garden centres. For hollow reeds, grasses, or stems like cow parsley, try your local park. Different species of bee need holes from 2 to 10mm, so aim for a range of sizes. Make sure your materials are dry before starting.
You’ll also need:
- 2 litre plastic bottle
- Craft knife and cutting mat
- Strong twine, about 1 metre long
- Garden clippers or secateurs
- Modelling clay (optional)
- With a craft knife, cut both ends off the plastic bottle to create a cylinder.
- Make your lengths of bamboo, grass or reeds 3 cm shorter than the bottle to protect them from rain – use sharp garden clippers to trim them. Bees can’t burrow through the knots in bamboo, so avoid lengths with too many knots.
- Use sandpaper to smooth the ends of the bamboo or reeds if uneven. Bees will be put off by sharp edges barring entry to the holes.
- Use modelling clay or wax to block the rear of completely hollow canes – and to help secure the stems and bamboo in place.
- Before filling it completely, thread a length of strong twine through the bottle, so you can hang up the finished hotel.
- Add more bamboo and reeds until the bottle is tightly packed and secure.
Where to put a bee hotel
A bee hotel is best placed in full sun, facing south or south east. Your bee hotel must be at least a metre off the ground, with no vegetation blocking the entrance. Try to keep it dry at all times to prevent the contents going mouldy. You may need to move your bee hotel in the autumn and winter to protect the nesting bees. If it’s difficult to site your hotel in a well-protected – rainproof spot – move it into a garden shed or similar. Basically, place it somewhere dry and unheated. Do this from October to February, and then put it outside again in March.
Find out more on the Friends of the Earth website.
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