A pollinator is an insect that helps to move pollen from the male parts of the flower (anthers) to the female parts (stigma). This fertilizes the plant and allows for future plants.
Honey bees are responsible for pollinating much of the food we eat. The pollen adheres to their body and legs and they transfer this pollen to the flowers nearby. They are vital to our food supply. In fact, they pollinate the flowers of:
kiwi, okra, celery, strawberry, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, watermelon, lemon, lime, persimmon, apple, mango and avocado.
How to Make:
- Read the book or a few pages of the book “Bees. “ Discuss the role bees play in pollination.
- Draw a flower garden. Give each child a sample flower to look at, examine, and draw. Talk about the colors, the shapes, and the number of petals on the flower. Each child may make their own poster or work together in small groups for a collaborative project.
- Demonstrate how to draw a large rectangle for the bee hive and encourage children to add one to their poster. As the children continue to color, cut a small rectangle at the bottom of the hive.
- When the picture is complete, have the children set the poster on their lap and place the magnetic wand underneath.
- Act out the path the worker bees take from flower to flower and then into the hive using the magnetic wand.
Buzzing sounds are optional.
Connect this craft and science activity with a good honey bee book!
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|Print the Honey Bee Craft and Science Activity Lesson Plan here along with 4 other bee themed learning activities, a printable, weekly teacher’s plan, and book list.|
If you are interested in reading more about pollinators, the United States Government just released the 2015 National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. The overarching goals of this publication and task force is to
- Decrease honey bee loss
- Increase monarch butterfly populations
- Restore and enhance pollinator habitat acreage.