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How to Build a Bee Garden

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

There is a pretty clear call to action in the world to save the bees.  And rightly so, many of the fruits, nuts, vegetables, and herbs we eat need pollinators to reproduce.  And well, that pretty much says it all.

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How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

While not everybody loves bees, what with the stinging and the allergies, it is still incredibly important that we keep their populations healthy and active. 

BUILD A BEE GARDEN

Plan for a continuous succession of plants flowering from spring through fall.  Consider providing nesting sites, and a fresh supply of water.

FAVOURITE FOODS FOR BEES

To keep the bees fed all season, have plants that flower at different times.  Plant some crab apple and apple trees, blueberry bushes and foxglove for early blooms.  Add chives, lavender, raspberry bushes and sunflowers for the middle of summer blooms.  Pumpkin, squash and echinacea and asters are all great options for later in the summer and early fall.  Plant flowers of a single species in big groups instead of in scatterings so bees are more likely to find them. Also, a variety of flower shapes and colours will benefit a diversity of bees.

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

BEE GARDEN CREATURE COMFORTS

Besides those great big nectar and pollen filled flowers, bees need a place to nest and lay eggs, and they also need water.  

For nesting, provide dry stems, wood blocks drilled with variously sized holes for twig-nesting bees or a small sunny patch of bare mulch free ground for ground-nesting bees.  You can also purchase a Triangle Bee House, a Giant Solitary Bee Nester, or an Interactive Solitary Beehive 

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

Provide fresh water to drink by lining a shallow bowl or plate with rocks before adding water, leaving some rock surface as landing strips, and top up the water often.

 

How to Build a Bee Garden with bee friendly food and shelter

LOVE THIS GARDEN?

You’ll love our How to Build a Butterfly Garden post as well.  We’ve collected a rainbow’s worth of flowers from Purple Flowers, Blue Flowers and Flowers that have amazing Foliage to the Warmer Blooms of Yellow, Orange and Red.  See how to give yourGarden A Fairy Tale Look, and be sure to check out our fun and informative round up of 30 Ways to Fall in Love with Flowers

 

 

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How To Build A Butterfly Garden

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough – Rabindranath Tagore

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

Everybody loves butterflies, and why not?  They are amazing and delightful little creatures that can entertain us for entire mornings and afternoons.  They also happen to be some serious pollinators which means having them around your yard, gardens and property will keep things growing!

You want to attract the butterflies to your garden and convince them to stay.   Like any home, when building your butterfly garden you need to consider food, water and shelter.  

Favourite Foods for Butterflies

Some great flower choices for pollinators are Columbine – a hardy perennial that blooms in spring and summer, Delphinium – a hardy and tall perennial that also blooms in spring and summer, and Echinacea altogether not my favourite flower.  They can take over, like dandelions and aren’t much to look at before they bloom.  Hollyhocks are very tall also, they can grow up to nine feet, and are hardy perennials and quite elegant, and Lupins are very hardy, and quite unique and their foliage is quiet lovely.

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies
From the top, lupins, cornflower, delphiniums, echinacea, columbine and hollyhocks

Butterfly Garden Creature Comforts

Besides those great big juicy flowers, butterflies love to sun themselves, and they also need water.

Add large flat rocks to the garden you’re building for them, and include a few small dishes of water, or a birdbath. Keep the Butterfly Garden chemical free, it’s better for everyone.

How To Build A Butterfly Garden with Flowers and Other Essentials for Butterflies

Love this garden?

We’ve collected a rainbow’s worth of flowers from Purple Flowers, Blue Flowers and Flowers that have amazing Foliage to the Warmer Blooms of Yellow, Orange and Red.  See how to give your Garden A Fairy Tale Look, and be sure to check out our fun and informative round up of 30 Ways to Fall in Love with Flowers

 

For More Lovely Gardening Ideas 

DIY Garden Markers Inspired by Lois Ehlert | Playground Parkbench

Invitation to Cut Fresh Flowers –  Crafty Kids at Home

Free Printable Garden Markers | Sunny Day Family

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It’s Friday and We’re in Love with Bugs!

It's friday and we're in love with bug crafts, bug life, bug science, bug activities and all things bugs

It’s Friday and We’re in Love with Bugs! From bug snacks, to bug crafts, to some useful information on the good, the bad and the ugly, we are loving all things bug over here today, in our It’s Friday and We’re in Love Linky.

It's friday and we're in love with bug crafts, bug life, bug science, bug activities and all things bugs

If the creepy crawlies give you the heebie jeebies, you might want to skip right to the bug crafts and the bug snacks. If you have arachnophobia, well, you probably don’t hang out her very often anyway, but if you do – skip over the Bugs in the Garden part… I personally don’t mind spiders, but worms… ugh.  They’re kinda gross.  And one time, I had a slug in my boot.  Double gross.  

Enjoy the list and I hope you get to lovin’ bugs as much as we do!

We Love Bugs in the Garden

Enemy Bugs Blooming Secrets

Luna Moth Oakhill Homestead

Ladybugs Sensible Gardening & Living

Spiders Oakhill Homestead

Butterfly Gardens Draught Smart Plants

Organic Garden Bug Control Sensible Gardening and Living

 

We Love Bugs Activities and Experiments

Spiderman Slime Parenting Chaos

Bug Slime Craftulate

Bug Painting Cutting Tiny Bites

Insect Tuff Spot Adventures of Adam

Bug Rocks Tic Tac Toe One Creative Mommy

Spider Web Stamping 3 Dinosaurs  

Bug Soap Parenting Chaos

Insect Sensory Bin Cutting Tiny Bites

We Love Bug Crafts

Firefly Craft There’s Just One Mommy

Pipecleaner  Inchworm Craftulate

Love Bugs One Creative Mommy

Build a Bug Cutting Tiny Bites

Love Bug  Mommy’s Bundle 

Egg Carton Super Bees Nemcsok Farms

We Love Bug Snacks

Bug Lunch Eats Amazing

Fruit Ladybugs The SoccerMom Blog

Spider Snacks Eats Amazing

Cricket Snack Craftulate

Apple Bug Snacks Eats Amazing

We Love Learning About Bugs

Insect Habitat Danya Banya

Butterfly Life Cycle Parenting Chaos

A Week of Bugs Kitchen Floor Crafts

Dragon Fly Life Cycle O-Garden

Bug Hunt There’s Just One Mommy 

Stick Insect Pets Danya Banya

 

It's friday and we're in love with bug crafts, bug life, bug science, bug activities and all things bugs

I mean,check out all this great bug stuff 🙂

 

 

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Get Crafty with Paper Plate Ladybugs

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What road is it that is paved with good intentions?  I am chalk full of good intentions… and also exceptionally forgetful.  I originally attempted to purchase red paper plates for this craft.  I saw them in the store, and thought Yessss! But either I forgot to actually buy them, or they are in a really safe place somewhere. At any rate, I was committed, so I actually made a separate trip to another grocery store, and got a package of plain white paper plates.  But really, what wouldn’t you do for a cute ladybug craft?

 

Paper plate lady bugs with pom poms and googly eyes - super fun bug craft for kids

We have added to our bug craft repertoire with these bright and cheery Paper plate Ladybugs!  A super fun and really cute bug craft for the kids. 

Read on to see what we used to make them, and how we put it all together.

What You’ll Need

  • Paper plates
  • Paint
  • Tissue paper
  • Pompoms
  • Hole punch
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Paintbrushes, table covers, scissors, smocks, pencil for tracing

 

Paper plate lady bugs with pom poms and googly eyes - super fun bug craft for kids

Instructions

  1. Trace the paper plate onto a sheet of tissue paper. Cut out the circle, and cut down the centre to make wings.
  2. Use the whole punch to punch two holes on the rim of the plate, close together, where you want to attach the antennae.  (See pictures for locations)
  3. Paint the paper plate the colour you want your ladybug to be
  4. Glue the pompoms onto the plate – as seen in the picture.  You can use a lot of creative license here as well 🙂
  5. Attach the googly eyes somewhere near the antennae holes. Again with the creative license
  6. Attach the antennae, and curl the ends
  7. Glue wings onto the edge of the plate

 

 

 

Too cute and way fun Paper Plate Ladybug Recycled Materials Inspired by Nature Craft for Kids

While you’re here

Check out our other Eco-Friendly crafts, like these Gift Paper Frogs and these Juice Jug Snowmen.  Whip up some Ice Lanterns and get ready for spring with these Egg Carton Bees!

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Water Colour Dragonfly Painting

Water colour dragonfly painting with curled paper antennae and brad fasteners
 And sometimes, I amaze myself.  Seriously – this is pretty clever.

Water colour dragonfly painting with curled paper antennae and brad fasteners

Make This Fun Summer Bug Craft

If you recall making Ladybugs in this easy paper plate craft, and Bumblebees in this easy egg carton craft , it will come as no surprise to you to see us cook up another easy bug craft – but this time, we did something quite brilliant.  I took a basic kitchen utensil, and made this crazy awesome stencil for these super cute bug crafts.  

You won’t believe it.

Dragonfly Stencil Template

Materials:

  • Dragonfly Template (click to download and print)
  • Paper
  • Watercolour paints
  • Paint brushes, water, table cover, etc…
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Whole punch
  • Brad fasteners
  • This strips of construction paper – to curl for the antennae

 

Water colour dragonfly painting with curled paper antennae and brad fasteners

Directions

  1. Print the template, and cut out (or dig out a wooden spoon, and trace it a couple times.  One Time putting the spoon at both ends )
  2. Get your plain paper, and paint the entire thing, colouring all the white spots! Cover the entire paper with colour! Work as a team if need be 🙂
  1. Trace out our stencil shapes onto the watercoloured paper with a sharpie.  This makes a nice heavy line for easy cutting. Cut out the body and wings.
  1. Arrange the wings over the body, and use a whole punch to put a whole where all of the pieces will fasten together, and fasten with a brad fastener.
  1. Curl the end of the paper strips with scissors – this also makes a super fun demonstration! And attach to the head of the dragonfly with a gluestick.

 

Another Super Fun Summer Bug Craft for your List

Water colour dragonfly painting with curled paper antennae and brad fasteners

 
 
 

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Egg Carton Super Bees!

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Googly eyes, recycled egg cartons, and neon.  A super fun inspired by nature Kids’ Craft.  What more could you ask for? 
 
 

Egg Carton Bumble Bees

 
 

Yep!  We’ve been crafting with egg cartons again!  Give this one a try!  We had an official Bug Week out here at the farm, and we got up to some really great crafting. We made these adorable Egg Carton Ladybugs, Water Bottle Butterflies, and Watercolour Dragonflies ( those are my personal favourites) 

Egg Carton Super Bees

This time we’re focusing on Bees. Without honeybees, many farmers and gardeners would not have a harvest. Bees are our major pollinators, which helps fruits and vegetables to form.  Plus honey!  A healthy beehive can produce 45 to 100 pounds of honey per year—often more than the bees need to survive. And who doesn’t like a little honey now and then?

 

Materials

  • Egg Carton
  • Scissors
  • Paint ( we used tempra, in black and yellow)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pipe Cleaners ( in neon, cut to about 3″ long)
  • Mini Pom-poms (again in neon colours)
  • Tissue Paper (cut in semi circles)
  • Glue
  • Paint Brush

Recycle Egg Cartons into these adorable Super Bees - and learn about what Bees do!

Directions

  1. Divide the egg carton into individual cups
  2. Paint the egg cups black, and let dry.
  3. Paint yellow stripes to resemble a bee
  4. Glue on googly eyes, or if you were clever enough to get the sticky back ones, peel and stick on some eyes!
  5. Poke two holes in the top of each egg cup
  6. Fold one end of a piece of pipe cleaner, and push through the wholes you just made, from the inside. The folded end will keep it from slipping through the egg cup.
  7. Glue a mini pom-pom onto the back of the bumble bee, for the stinger

 

Happy Crafting!

Recycle Egg Cartons into these adorable Super Bees - and learn about what Bees do!

 Just love this craft?  Looking for More?  Check out our Inspired by Nature and our Friendly Bugs boards on Pinterest
 
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If you enjoyed this post, you will love our book, Green, Crafty & Creative. Featuring 70 family and environmentally-friendly tips, crafts and activities from 10 different contributors, it is full of awesome inspiration for Earth Day fun. Green, Crafty & Creative is available for purchase in e-book, paperback and Kindle formats, starting for as low as $4.99.

Want to see more from Green, Crafty & Creative?  Check out these posts also included from our fellow contributors!

Sorting Seashells – A Summer Math Activity | Playground Parkbench

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Top Ten Bee and Butterfly Crafts

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In anticipation of Earth Day (and a deliciously fruitful spring and summer) I thought it fitting that we celebrate some of the creatures who make it all possible.  Imagine how hard it would be to get things growing, if you had to do all of the pollinating yourself?  Yikes.  

Here are the Top Ten Bee and Butterfly crafts to celebrate Earth Day,  and they are perfect for introducing big topics like environmental awareness to little ones, and to fuel their interest in gardening, growing things, and caring for the earth.

Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Earth Day, Crafts, Activities and More, for kids and families with these fun bee and butterfly crafts from Nemcsok Farms.

“You Never Can Tell With Bees”

I can not think of bees without thinking of Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.  You know, where he rolls in the mud, and borrows Christopher Robin’s umbrella – all because he has run out of honey?  What would we have to do, if collectively, we all ran out of honey?  

So here is a collection of my favourite bee and butterfly crafts!  

Bee Crafts

Pine Cone Bumble Bee – Rainy Day Mum
Thumbprint Honey Bee Hive – Artsy Craftsy Mom
Paper Plate Bumble Bee Craft – Teaching Mama
Simple Bumble Bee Art Project – Buggy and Buddy
Egg Carton Bumble Bees – Nemcsok Farms

Butterfly Crafts

Butterfly Sun Catcher – Sparkling Buds
Thumbprint Butterfly Cards – Mommy Crusader
DIY Spring Stamps – Sunny Day Family
Butterfly Craft from Magazine Pages – There’s Just One Mommy
Monarch Butterfly Symmetry Art – Buggy and Buddy

 

Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Earth Day, Crafts, Activities and More, for kids and families

Top Ten Earth Day Favourites 

Top 10 Exciting Earth Day Books for Kids from Artsy Momma

Top 10 Earth Day Sensory Experiences by Mom Inspired Life

Top 10 Beautiful Earth Crafts for Kids from I Heart Crafty Things

Top 10 Learning Resources for Earth Day from Something 2 Offer

Top 10 Simple Outdoor Spaces for Kids Messy Little Monster

Top 10 Quick and Healthy Earth Day Recipes Words n Needles

 
 

LOVE THIS POST?  

Check out our All About Bugs roundup for the web’s best bug posts, as well as our other eco-friendly crafts, like these Paper Plate Ladybugs, & Gift Wrap Frogs, and then head over to our Simple Living Section

 

 
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Egg Carton Ladybugs!

Super Cute Lady Bug Kids' Craft made of recycled egg cartons
 I really wanted to do a ladybug craft.  I wanted it to be round, spherical,  and I didn’t want to spend a fortune on supplies either…
 

 

 Super Cute Lady Bug Kids' Craft made of recycled egg cartons

I thought of painting rocks, and I thought of making a giant paper mache ladybug – which we still might do, but not this month! We were about to settle for construction paper loops… and then, I finally got to clearing some of the debris of the kitchen counter, and voila!  An egg carton.  The rest is history.

Egg Carton Ladybugs

Materials

  • Egg Carton
  • Red Tempra Paint
  • Felt (little wee bits of black and white cut into circles)
  • White glue
  • Paint brushes, old t-shirts and a fitted sheet for the table

So, I cut up the egg carton into 12 different cups, got out some paint, some felt for spots, and for eyes. We were all out of googly eyes – but I am always pleased to use what we have on hand.  We whipped up some glue, covered the table with an old single size fitted sheet, and got out the old t-shirts (now smocks).
To make the eyes, I cut out white circles of felt, and smaller black circles of felt, and glued the black onto the white. To make the spots, I cut out a lot of little black circles of felt.

Super Cute Lady Bug Kids' Craft made of recycled egg cartons

Directions

 

  1. Separate the egg carton into individual cups.  Paint the egg carton cups with red paint.
  2. Glue the felt spots on.
  3. Glue the eyes on.  If you have googly eyes, go ahead and use them!
  4. Add pipe cleaner antennae if you so desire. 

There is a lot of potential for imaginary play as well, once you have 12 ladybugs, ready for a picnic. (think Sesame Street….)

Super Cute Lady Bug Kids' Craft made of recycled egg cartons
 
 

Love this post?  

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Friend or Foe

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I noticed a frog in the garden while I was planting beans. Is he a friend or foe?  He was trying so hard to be still, and remain unseen, that I pretended not to see him.  I didn’t want to ruin it for him. I think I will call him Henry.

Beneficual bugs can seem like friend or foe. Learn more about using what you may consider as bests to enhance your gardening.

Are Frogs Friend or Foe? 

I have a thing for frogs.  I like them.  Anyone remember the Sesame Street Episode with the frog climbing the tree? The song playing is It’s a Long Hard Climb ? Anyway, it makes my cheeks hurt from smiling. Check it out.  What’s not to like?    They eat bugs!  I am pretty much for anything that eats bugs.  Plus, they make the coolest sounds.  The mamma frogs singing their babies to sleep at night, and the bull frogs bellowing across the road….all very good to listen too.

I made another friend in the garden today.  This time a groundhog.  Now this groundhog has been around all year.  He / she has made a very cozy home underneath the woodshed.  I tried to bargain with said groundhog this afternoon.  We’ll call her Gena.  Anyway, I was talking to her, and she came out of her hole, to hear what I had to say.  I told her she could have the peas, as long as she leaves everything else alone.  Not sure if it will work… but here’s hoping. 

So I got some rutabagas seeded today, some beans, and some more radishes.  Most of the pumpkins I replanted are sprouting, as well as all the squash and zucchini.  I had planted more cucumber a few days ago also, and it is mostly sprouted too.  I wonder if I planted the first pumpkins too early.  Maybe the soil wasn’t quite warm enough yet?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

And my herb garden, has gone the way of my dusting. Sigh.  If you remember my post about my herb garden (follow the link to read) you will remember that herb gardens are not my strong point.  And it was doing so well!  I was so pleased with myself!  I had nice healthy looking parsley sprouts, then suddenly, they were not. Possibly somebody ate them? All of them?  Seems a bit much.

Overall things are sprouting, growing, and flowering.  Without further ado, the pictures I had promised earlier….