Bee Kind

Nature activities

It’s time to get creative with the little ones and have a go at creating some fun nature inspired pieces of art. You can also have a go at making a bug hotel where bees and other insects can take shelter.

DIY bug hotel

Watch the video on the council’s Facebook page (opens in new window) or follow the simple instructions below:

You will need:

  • Some sticks or bamboo
  • An empty can or plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Garden string
  • Can opener

Step 1:

Peel the label off your tin can or plastic bottle then ask a grown up to take off both ends of the tin or bottle so you can see straight through it. Make sure there are no sharp edges!

Step 2:

Next cut a long piece of garden string and carefully put it through the tin can or plastic bottle. Then tie both ends of the string together with a secure knot.

Step 3:

Cut the sticks or bamboo so that they fit into the can/ bottle and then put them inside it. Make sure they are tightly packed in. You could add some dried moss as well as sticks if you can find any!

Step 4:

Hang it in the garden ready for bugs to make it their home.

DIY planter

There are so many household items that you could recycle into planters for your wildflowers, fruit seeds and more. It just takes a bit of creativity and inspiration. There’s lots of things that can be re-used so not only are you doing your bit to stop things going to landfill but you’ll save yourself some money too.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Large yoghurt pots
  • Wash powder tubs
  • Old wellington boots
  • Disused baskets and boxes
  • Old candle jars
  • Old biscuit/ tea/ sweet tins
  • Disused tyres
  • Wooden crates
  • Empty paint tins
  • Old mason jars
  • Unwanted teacups
  • Plastic bottles (milk, pop you name it!)
  • Beer or pop cans.

Gardeners World have lots of great ideas from pallet planters and old chairs to hessian grow bags and old baskets!

Find other ideas to upcycle in the garden on the Gardeners' World website (opens in new window)

How to make beeswax lip balm

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tbsp. shea butter
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 5–10 drops peppermint baking oil (optional, found in the baking isle)
  • Small clean and dry container
  • bowl
  • paper cup for pouring


  1. Place the beeswax pastilles, shea butter and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl and gentle warm over a pan of hot water
  2. Add the oil to the desired fragrance then turn off the heat once it’s all melted together
  3. Before it hardens, pour into a plastic cup, creasing the edge of the cup to make it easier to pour
  4. Pour the mixture into the empty container and leave to harden for several hours.

If you’d like to buy some local honey made in Mansfield, head over to the Bates and Sons Farm Shop Facebook page (opens in new window) to enquire.