BEE SING ALONG

Parents! Singing to your babies and toddlers improves their language skills and brain development. Sing along to this SMART video with new words to some traditional children's tunes!  

Make Up Your Own Words to Old Tunes!

 

Some traditional children's songs and nursery rhymes contain lyrics that do not make sense in modern times. In fact, some are even describing harsh events or attitudes from tragic moments in history.

 

For our bee video, we saved the sweet and simple tunes, but changed the words. You can sing along to our video or try making your own words. Whether you think you can sing or not, your baby will like hearing your voice. When you sing, your children will learn how to be creative from watching your example. Babies learn not only from you, but also from the rhythms, rhyming words, and melodies.

SING TO YOUR BABIES! 

 

Click on the sentences below to read more details about how singing can help your baby or toddler.

 

Read More from the experts at NAEYC.

 

Read more from the experts at Psychology Today.

 

 

 

BEE Scientific! 

 

Young children are naturally curious and are likely to ask questions about everything, including bees.  These inquisitive moments are perfect opportunities to grow vocabularies. Sometimes, parents learn along with children as they search for the answers. When answering their questions, remember that children can often handle big words, like POLLINATION, so go ahead and use scientific terms and other long words. You may be talking to a future ENTOMOLOGIST.  

 

What is nectar?  

 

Nectar is a sugary fluid secreted by plants. Nectar  is found in flowers. Bees visit the flowers to collect nectar. They make honey from the nectar. 

What is honey?

 

Honey is a sweet thick brown liquid that is made by bees from nectar. As bees create honey, they remove most of the moisture from it. Humans and other animals eat honey, but it is not recommended for infants under one year of age. 

 

What is pollen?

 

Pollen is a yellow powdery substance that sticks to the feet and wings of bees. As they travel from flower to flower, they help pollinate flowers so the plants will grow. 

 

NO HONEY IN THE FIRST YEAR

 

Because of its many benefits, honey is a valuable food and is recommended as a food by the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, the AAP recommends no honey in the first year of life due to the risk of botulism. READ MORE!

Oh Where Has

My Honey Bee Gone?

(Sung to the tune of:

Oh Where Has MyLittle Dog Gone?)

 

Lyrics rewritten by Elizabeth Turner

 

Oh where oh where

has my honey bee gone?

Oh where oh where can he be?

I need him so

the flowers will grow

PLEASE send him home to me.

 

Oh where oh where

has my honey bee gone?

Oh where oh where can she be?

With nectar from

the flowers sweet

She makes the honey we eat.

 

If you should see

the honey bees,

Don’t scream or hide or faint.

They’re busy

making honey, Dear.

They also pollinate.

 

Pollinate the Flowers All Day!

(Sung to the tune of Polly Wolly Doodle)

 

Lyrics rewritten by Elizabeth Turner

 

Pollinate! Pollinate! 

Sing pollinate the flowers all day.

Honey, it’s a breeze

for honey bees

To pollinate the flowers all day!

 

Oh! Pollen is a sticky thing.

It sticks to wings and feet.

And rides on bees to other flowers  

Where nectar is so sweet. 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

 

Old MacDonald had a farm,

E   i   e   i  oh!

And on this farm he had a HIVE

E   i   e   i   oh!

 

Here a BUZZ! There a BUZZ!

Everywhere there was a BUZZ!.

Old MacDonald had a farm,

E   i   e   i   oh!

I'm Bringing Home 

a Honey Bee!

 

(Sung to the tune of: 

Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee)

 

Lyrics rewritten by Elizabeth Turner

 

A bee’s a tiny creature, very small,

Yet he’s so important to us all.

He pollinates the plants

we need to eat

And he makes the honey

very sweet.

 

So when you see a bee,

you need to know

He cannot read or write,

but he helps the veggies grow

We need the pollinators in our lives

And we love sweet honey

from the hives.

 

I’m bringing home a busy honey bee

Won’t the bee keeper

be so pleased with me?

I’m bringing home a busy honey bee

See him buzzing

round the honey comb. 

 

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