Easy bug & bee hotel for kids

Tom Wright

29 July 2015

What do you get if you combine school children, nature, recycling and outdoor fun? The children at Woodingdean Primary school in Brighton have been busy finding out.

Create a Bee World

Together with teachers the pupils got together to make two giant bug and bee hotels.

Bug hotel at Woodingdean primary school

Stacked up wooden pallets make an ideal start for a bug and bee hotel. The school's gardening group will soon plant Bee Worlds on top of the bug hotels - made from wooden planters filled with soil and wildflower seeds.

Which means the school will soon be on our Bee Worlds map too.

Bug hotel at Woodingdean primary school

As part of this nature activity the children used sticks, hay, bamboo canes and recycled plant pots to fill up the gaps between the pallets.

Bug hotel at Woodingdean primary school

Even the teachers got in on the action. They helped fill up dishes with water to make sure the bugs and bees have something to drink.

It was wonderful for the children to be so focused on what they could do to encourage bugs on to our school grounds - and how important bugs are to us. The children had great fun creating the bug hotel and they learned a lot in the process.

Emma Power - teacher at Woodingdean Primary school

Bug hotel at Woodingdean primary school

The children were excited to see bugs flying and crawling around as they were hard at work.

I loved making the the bug hotel. I spotted a spider, a snail and a woodlouse.

Oliver - pupil at Woodingdean Primary school

Bug hotel at Woodingdean primary school

Help bees and bugs where you live

If you want to create a bee friendly habitat in your neighbourhood - with your school, friends or other community groups - find out more about our Bee Worlds.

Or if you'd like to welcome bees with a Bed & Breakfast, download our free Bee & Bee guide.

Bug hotel at Woodingdean primary school