Bee happy. These bee activities for kids bring a real buzz to a child's party or play group.

Bees are among the most curious and amazing creatures in the world. The bee activities in this article will help you discover something new about bees -- and have some fun in the process.

Follow the links below to get started on these great bee activities:

Bees in Color Activity

Would bees still be attracted to flowers if they weren't colorful? Check out this activity to find out if bees can see color.

Honeybee Cookies

These cookies aren't just delicious -- they're fun to make. Kids will enjoy using icing and candy to decorate these tasty honeybee cookies.

Buzz Like a Bee Activity

Explore this activity to discover what it takes to buzz, move, and shake just like a bee.

Can bees see color? A simple experiment can answer that question. Learn about the bees in color activity in the next section.

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Bees in Color Activity

Can bees see color? After conducting the bees in color experiment, you'll discover the answer.

What You'll Need:

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Pan
  • Colored paper
  • Safe scissors
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Outdoor table
  • Heavy washers
  • Notebook

How to do the bees in color activity:Step 1: Make nectar to attract bees by mixing one quarter-cup of sugar with one cup of water. Heat the mixture slowly in a pan on the stove until the sugar dissolves. Let the mix cool.

Step 2: Cut squares of colored paper four inches on each side. Use red, orange, yellow, green, blue, deep blue, violet, white, black, and gray.

Step 3: Cut the bottoms out of as many clear plastic cups as you have squares of paper. Tape the squares to the top of an outdoor table. Set one cup bottom on each square. Add a washer to weigh it down, then pour in some nectar.

Step 4: Wait patiently for the bees. Which colors do they land on? To keep track, make a table in your notebook. Every ten minutes, check the experiment. Count the number of bees on each color, and write that down next to each color.

The next time you check, put your counts in another column of boxes. At the end of the day, remove the dishes.

Step 5: The next day, do the experiment again. Do the bees visit their favorite square even if no food is on it?

Step 6: Now confuse the bees. Next to the colored squares, set out gray squares similar in shade to the colored squares. If bees see color, they should land mostly on the colored squares. If they can't, they should visit the gray squares too.

Now that you've bees in color activity, have fun making and decorating honeybee cookies. Check out a great recipe in the next section.

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Honeybee Cookies

Take a break from your insect exploring to bake these honeybee cookies -- the perfect treat for a buzzy day.

What You'll Need:

  • Electric mixer
  • 2 medium bowls
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cookie sheets
  • Decorations: yellow and black icing, gummy fruit

How to make honeybee cookies:

Step 1: In an electric mixer beat shortening, sugar, and honey at medium speed until fluffy.

Step 2: Add egg and vanilla; mix until well blended.

Step 3: Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl.

Step 4: Add to shortening mixture, mix at low speed until well blended.

Step 5: Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Step 6: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Divide dough into 24 equal sections. Shape each section into oval-shaped ball. Place two inches apart on un-greased cookie sheets.

Step 7: Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool two minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Step 8: Decorate with icings and gummy fruit to create honeybees. Makes two dozen cookies.

If you've ever wanted to act like a bee, you're in luck. The buzz like a bee activity in the next section will show you how.

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Buzz Like a Bee Activity

What do bees and ballerinas have in common? Check out the buzz like a bee activity and learn about the amazing antics of the busy little bee.

What You'll Need:

  • Field guide to insects or other reference book

How to do the buzz like a bee activity:

You probably already know that each kind of animal has its own language. Birds have all different calls and songs. Dogs bark, cats meow, and dolphins "click."

And what about bees? Well, they use their own kind of sign language. They communicate with one another by dancing. For example, a honeybee that has found food tells other bees about it by flying in a circle if the food is nearby, and in a figure eight if it's far away.

At the library, check out a field guide to insects or a book about bees. Learn more about how bees communicate. Spend some time watching bees. Finally, see if you can dance like a bee. Try imitating the different patterns you've read about.

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