World Bee Day Animated Poster

About World Bee Day

World Bee Day is celebrated annually on 20 May to raise awareness on the importance of pollinators and encourage sustainable practices to protect them.

Celebrate World Bee Day virtually with us through our specially curated programmes below!

  • Bobbing Bee

    Perfect for ages 5 and up

    Using papers around the house and some strings, create your own flapping busy bee! Here's how:

    World Bee Day 2020 - Bobbing bee

    You may also download the instructions here.

    Watch the tutorial here:

     

    Made your own Bobbing Bee? Share with us by tagging us on social media #ScienceCentreSG
    Did you know?

    The characteristic buzzing sound of a honey bee is caused by its wings flapping at a rapid rate of about 200 beats per second.

  • Shadow Buzz Story

    Perfect for ages 5 and up

    What goes around a bee's life? Using the shadow templates below and any light source around your house, snap a picture or record a video of your bee's story!

    World Bee Day 2020 - Shadow buzz story

    You may also download the template here.

    Is the bee in your story a worker bee? What does it do when it's in the hive? How about when it's out? How does it communicate with its friends?

    Don't forget to tag us on social media #ScienceCentreSG
  • Let's BEE Searching

    Perfect for ages 5 and up

    Many plants depend on bees for pollination, and without bees, we may not have a lot of fruits, vegetables and nuts!

    Can you find the plant crops in the sea of letters?

    World-Bee-day-wordsearch

    You may also download activity sheet here.

    Click here to view the answers.

    So how do bees pollinate flowers?

    When a bee collects nectar and pollen from the flower of a plant, some pollen from the stamens (the male reproductive organ of the flower) sticks to the hairs of her body. When she visits the next flower, some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the stigma, or tip of the pistil (the female reproductive organ of the flower. When this happens, fertilisation is possible, and a fruit, carrying seeds, can develop.

  • a-MAZE-ing Bee

    Perfect for ages 5 and up

    There are many obstacles that bees have to overcome to obtain nectar and pollen from flowers. One natural obstacle is the weather. Bees prefer sunny and warm weather. Bees are unlikely to leave the hive when it happens to be cold.

    Bees need to also overcome pesticides that are used to protect crops. Bees can ingest residues of these pesticides as they collect pollen and nectar from plants.

    Help this bee find its way to the flower!

    World Bee Day 2020 a-MAZE-ing Bee

    You may also download the activity sheet here.

    Did you know?

    Bees actually cannot perceive the colour red! Anything that is red will appear black to bees. This means that they are unlikely to be attracted to red flowers.

  • A Bee-utiful Life

    Perfect for ages 5 and up

    Wish to do some art and craft? Learn more about the life cycle of a bee by creating your own life cycle wheel!

    World Bee Day A Bee-utiful Life gif

    Here's how to make your own life cycle wheel:

    World Bee Day 2020 - A Bee-utiful Life

    You may also download the instructions here.

    Did you know?

    Bees undergo complete metamorphosis. This means that they animal's body changes through four stages. Incomplete metamorphosis, on the other hand, only consists of three stages: egg, nymph and adult. For insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis, the nymph looks very similar to the adult.

  • Hidden in the Hive

    Perfect for ages 7 and up

    Besides pollinating our plants, bees provide us with many useful products. Can you find five items that contain products of bees?

    World Bee Day Hidden In the Hive

    You may also download the activity sheet here.

    Click here to view the answers.

  • BEEhold, it's honey!

    Perfect for ages 9 and up

    What is something sweet, sticky and is Winnie the Pooh's favourite food? Catch this special episode of Science o' Clock where we celebrate World Bee Day by learning about the properties of honey!

    Watch the special episode of Science O'Clock here!

     

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  • BEE Our Friend: Facts on Bees

    Perfect for ages 9 and up

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    How much do you know about our busy little bees? Check out this I Saw The Science blog article to BEE-friend these hard workers!

  • Un-BEE-lievable Hexagons

    Perfect for ages 9 and up

    Learn about the wonders of this seemingly simple shape used in beehives!

     

    Did you know?

    Hexagons are one of the most natural shapes in nature. Other than honeycombs, you can find them in snowflakes, some insects' compound eyes and even on the planet Saturn!

Want to play a bigger role in saving our bees?

Here are some ways to #SaveBees
  1. Plant or sow plants that attract bees on balconies, terraces and gardens for decorative purposes.
  2. With regard to spraying, use pesticides that are harmless to bees and spray plants in windless weather conditions early in the morning or late in the evening, when bees are back to their hives.
  3. Raise children's and teenagers' awareness about the importance of bees.
  4. Buy honey and other bee products from a local beekeeper.
  5. Support beekeepers and attend events in support of bees.