There are different ways for people to learn and we at The Honey Cottage are excited to share this neat experiment to explain how bees pollinate flowers. This is a great way to explain how bees work, what they do, and why they are so very important for us. This also explains what a symbiotic relationship is and why it is important for our world. Pollination is so very important for flowers and for our food. Please share this with friends and family!!
4 tsps of glitter (different colors)
4 small paper cups
Yellow and black pipe-cleaners
Questions (At the end)
How do bees pollinate flowers? Find out here!
- Gather the material you will need.
- Make a paper-cup flower: Put 1 teaspoon of colored glitter in a small paper cup. The glitter is the flower’s pollen. Make 3 more flowers. Use different colors of glitter.
- Make a pipe- cleaner bee as shown in the diagram below: wrap a yellow then a black pipe- cleaner around a pencil.
- Fly your bee into a flower. Gently tap your bee around the bottom of the flower. Your bee is drinking nectar and gathering pollen.
- Fly your bee to a new flower. Choose one with a different color of glitter. Gently tap your bee around the bottom of that flower.
- Fly your bee to two more flowers. Make sure you visit a flower with every color of glitter.
- Return to the first flower. Look inside. Do you see pollen from other flowers? (Look for glitter of the other colors.) If so, your flower was pollinated!
- Think: The job of flowers is to attract pollinators. Why is that job important? Why are bees important to flowers? Why are flowers important to bees?
- Do steps 2-7 of the investigation. Do you see “pollen” from other flowers?
- Think: Why is it important for flowers to attract pollinators?
- Why are bees important to flowers?
- Why are flowers important to bee?
From our beehive to yours,