Learn to Love Heartland Bees

The prairie is home to a wide variety of bees that make our food production possible — let’s learn to appreciate how their hard work pays off!

About the Activities

Native bees are important pollinators that help plants make fruits and seeds, and the American prairie is home to many different kinds of bees. In this series of activities, kids will learn about the importance of native bees for foods we love to eat, and how they do what they do, and how we can help protect them.

Grades: 2-8
Topics: Environmental Science, Life Science, STEM

Brought to you by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Dr. Joseph Wilson, Utah State University, National 4-H Council’s Ag Innovators Experience Native Bee Challenge, and USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Bee pollinating a flower
A bees next and some pieces of wood
Yellow flowers in a field
A butterfly pollinating a flower
A butterfly pollinating a flower
A butterfly pollinating a flower

Shop 4-H Curriculum and Products

Shop4-H.org offers university-backed STEM curriculum, educational kits, products and supplies to expand your pollinators, entomology and more.

Butterfly Bingo Game from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Bingo

This fun bingo game comes with enough pieces for 2-6 players and promises to make learning about butterflies fun! Each card has educational facts about butterflies and their relatives. The first person to cover the selected pattern and yell "caterpillar" wins!

Makes a great complement to our Butterfly Curriculum! Lucy Hammett bingo games are also award-winning: three Parents' Choice awards, seven Dr. Toy awards and three Creative Child Magazine awards.


Butterfly WINGS Youth Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Curriculum Youth Digital Download

Grades: 6-12

Learn how to avoid spreading germs while cooking, measure and mix ingredients, test baked goods for doneness, brown meat, and set the table for a family meal. The curriculum comes as loose-leaf paper to make it easier for youth to pull out recipes.


Butterfly WINGS Leader Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Curriculum Leader Digital Download

For everything that’s too hot to handle, this 4-H oven mitt and potholder is the cool solution. A built-in magnet allows you to keep the mitt in a handy kitchen location. Also makes for an excellent cooking competition or food demonstration prize.


Monarchs on the Move Challenge Kit from Shop 4-H

Monarchs on the Move Challenge Kit

Grades: 4-6

Developed by professionals at American land-grant universities, this 252-page digital program includes eight 2-hour sessions of instruction to help you learn the ins and outs of cooking and nutrition. Access to a Master Food Shopping List, Master Food Substitution List, Master Equipment List, and Family Meal Journals.


Honey Bee Challenge Kit from Shop 4-H

Honey Bee Challenge Kit

Get cooking with the Fresh Chefs Cooking Essentials Bundle. This kit helps your aspiring chef learn their way around the kitchen, with tools designed especially for them. This set includes a spatula, measuring cup set, and 2 Flex-it cutting boards.


Teaming With Insects Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Teaming With Insects Curriculum

Grades: 3-12

This food activity guide helps 4-Hers learn about different food ingredients, food characteristics, and food safety issues. It’s Divided into six “bites”: Once You Swallow, Money Talks, Play It Safe, Kitchen Magic, Eat It Later, and Imagine That.


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