Typically completed by 5-11 year olds, CREST Star and SuperStar challenges relate to everyday experiences. Children complete eight activities to gain a CREST Award, with each activity taking between 45 minutes and one hour to complete.
The activities are designed to be easy-to-run and low-cost. You don’t need to be a teacher, have a science background or have access to specialist equipment to run them. The packs contain helpful hints and tips for you to use, explaining the scientific themes and offering guidance on conversation topics for your children.
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Things to think about It is possible that you will not find bumblebees, but it is important to let the children find out for themselves if there are any. They can note other pollinators that they find. Lack of bumblebees leads naturally into designing a more bumblebee-friendly environment. If you are able to make some changes, you can carry out more observations to see if they have had an impact. Keywords • Bees • Pollen • Pollinators • Survey Watch out! Ensure children do not touch any plants or animals. Find out if any children have allergies to bee stings. Follow your organisation’s guidelines for outdoor work. Find out more There are about 250 species of bumblebee around the world and 25 in the UK. Six of these are commonly found. The decline of bumblebees seems likely to be due to changes in farming practices, the use of insecticides and the lack of natural habitats. This decline threatens biodiversity, food supplies and human health. A significant proportion of our food relies on pollinators such as bumblebees. British bumblebees live in many different environments. Most areas should be able to attract them; sometimes they just need some encouragement by planting the right type of plants. British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236 10
Bumblebee Mystery Activity Card Dear Investigators We think bumblebees are brilliant! They pollinate our flowers and help them to make seeds. We spend all our spare time looking for bumblebees. Our favourite is the great yellow bumblebee, but we haven’t seen one yet. We don’t see as many bumblebees as we used to and we are worried because bumblebees are very important. We’d like to do a survey across the country to see where the bumblebees are. Can you help us? From, Buzzabout The Buzzabout family P.S. We have sent some pictures of pollinators to help you. Your challenge Help the Buzzabout family by carrying out a bumblebee survey. Discuss Look at the pictures of pollinators. Sort them into bumblebees and other insects. Have you seen any of the bumblebees? Where did you see them? 11