Buzz & Tweet

These two simple Magic Gardens are in planters that enter into a more extensive garden. Using birds and bees as complementary planter additions are fun. We used curved sticks as perches and the hive was made from a small terracotta pot upside down. Bees were handcrafted with bake-able clay and the birds were purchased but made with natural materials. These birds and bees are easy to talk about with kids.

Make the Magic Garden

Design
  • Where can we do a two garden creation?
  • What flowers would birds and bees be attracted to?
  • What should we make and what do we have?
  • Should we have other insects?
Create
  1. Add tree like sticks for the birds and bees
  2. Create the clay bees & bake them
  3. Glue the birds and the bees to their perches
  4. Create Hives
  5. Get to buzzing!
Connect
  • Do you know why bees are so important?
  • What kinds of things can we do to take care of the bees?
  • Would you sleep in a giant bird’s nest in a tree?
  • What kind of bird is that?
Plants We Used

Hosta

Materials
  • L Shaped Sticks
  • Birds
  • Florist Wire
  • Nest
  • DIY Bee Hives
  • DIY Bakeable Clay Bees
  • DIY Sign
Magic Basket
A Magic Basket, is a collection of extra fun that kids can take into their Magic Gardens. It can be bark, rocks, pinecones and toys - the sky is the limit. For this garden, here are a few other ideas:
Create a Bee Hotel. Make bees that check in to clay flowers as the rooms. Create bird nests with sticks, and hide them around the garden, and have the birds visit the nests, sing songs and tell stories to each other.

How To Help The Bee Population

The world’s bee population needs all our help and together we can get to buzzing about this issue. One of the largest threats to bees is the lack of habitat, so here are some ways you can help.

1Nectar All Season: Plant different bee friendly flowers in your garden for blooms throughout the spring, summer and fall.

2Maximize Nectar: Select garden plants with single headed blooms, they supply the most nectar and it is easiest for bees to harvest.

3 Create a Bee Bath: Bees need a place to get fresh, clean water and having it in the same place allows them to visit it daily.

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