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3 main benefits of honey as medicinal, skin and natural sweetener

Who would have thought that a wonder food such as honey could have numerous benefits? Not only has this amazing sweetener been around for centuries, but also it has been providing medicinal properties since the ancient times. Although it takes 2 million flowers to make a pound of honey, much of this commercial commodity can sometimes have other elements. Honeybees make a remarkable journey in…

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Fun facts about honey bees

How often do children exclaim to parents or educators that honeybees only have the ability to sting when they observe them in parks or backyards? Although it is a fact that they have this defense mechanism, these bees present a much more amazing contribution to nature than stinging. What are they? They are part of the Apis genus and mostly considered to manufacture honey. They…

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Learning insect variety while exploring science with kids

Some may have wings, others antenna, and some may have little spots. But they all have something in common: they are insects and they are tiny. Most of them rest on trees, bushes, flowers, or water. Bugs are often found in many places around the home, parks and other sites. These small insects, whether friendly or not, live in many different habitats. But do we…

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Metamorphosis: Life cycle of a butterfly

Some of the simplest processes in nature are the most beautiful to observe. Metamorphosis is one of those particular natural changes. The physical changes that some animals endure are spectacular. In fact, the metamorphosis = metamorfosis of a butterfly is one of the most fascinating common changes in nature. By definition, metamorphosis is the physical change or transformation in the appearance of particular animals. This physical change can also…

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Learning about nature: 5 great places to find butterflies

They are beautiful to observe. They glide through the air in their vibrant colors. They spread their wings in a majestic dance with the wind. Of course, butterflies are great creatures of nature that is more than a science lesson. William Wordsworth once said “To a Butterfly”: “Much converse do I find in thee, Float near me; do not yet depart! Dead times revive thee: Thou bring’st, gay…

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The 4 stages of the lifecycle of ladybugs

Perhaps, children have seen these amazing creatures resting on leaves. Or, sometimes, children may see them flying around parks and gardens. Some children may even hold them in their hands. Ladybugs are spectacular wonders of nature. They like to feed on particular insects called aphids. Aphids can destroy plants. But ladybugs can eat about 5,000 of these pests and other insects. Ladybugs or Coccinella septempunctata…

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Learning about insect facts and anatomy for kids

Nature explorers such as children can find the most amazing insects in their own backyards or other nature settings. But how can these nature explorers even identify insects? Insects are part of the invertebrate domain. Invertebrates are animals without backbone. Although insects have no backbone, they are a diverse species. Experts believe that insects occupied the Earth a long time ago, even in the Dinosaur…

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Facts about penguins for kids

Some birds fly to warmer climates in winter to stay warm. Other birds just stay in their natural habitat. For penguins, it is a matter of using pre-existent physical features that helps them survive the harsh winter. During the winter season, penguins need to survive the hard conditions of short days and little or no food. But their bodies have adapted to withstand the freezing…

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Why do birds migrate in winter?

Well, at least for some birds, migration is a method of survival. Migration in birds is the movement of birds from colder to warmer temperatures. They often migrate in groups or flocks and colonize in certain regions. Because of lack of shelter and food, birds need to migrate to warmer climate when the temperatures fall below normal. During the colder weather in winter, some birds…

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