One of our neighbors is a backyard beekeeper. He has 5 colonies. One of those colonies decided to escape to the top of another neighbor's tree. It was big news on our block yesterday.
Sophie got to see the swarm up close through some fancy binoculars/telescope that a neighbor set up, and she tasted honey straight from their honeycomb. We had to leave the excitement to go pick up Mathis from preschool. When we got back, Sophie said she had to do something important in the house. I thought she had to go to the bathroom.
While I showed Mathis the bees, Sophie came running out of the house with this very simple drawing that showed how the problem needed to be solved (the bees flying back into their bee hive box). She held it up to the tree so the bees could see it. Such a simple little thing, but it made it one of those my-daughter-is-amazing-and-our-neighbors-are-awesome kind of days.
Also, sunny summer weather is magic.
**Update: Our neighbor gave Sophie a piece of honeycomb to bring into class, and she gave a presentation about the bees. Sophie said her classmates had lots of questions at the end. I told her that was a sign she gave a great talk. :)