Day One: Activities
Home Sweet Home:
We talked in this morning’s video about the importance of pollinators, like the honey bee, in gardens today and 500 years ago. See if you can find out what bees do in the wintertime? Share your answers with us! Here is your chance to make your own bees skep. Take your time and make it warm and cozy for your bees!
Pollination happens when pollen is transferred from one flower to another by a pollinator. Have you ever seen a bee moving from flower to flower in your yard? That is pollination in action! How do flowers attract pollinators? With good smells and bright colors! Bees and other pollinators pick up these cues instinctively – it is in their nature! Make your own bee and flower to symbolize the importance of pollination.
*Fun fact: Daytime pollinators, like bees, butterflies and birds are attracted to brightly-colored flowers. Nighttime pollinators, like bats, are attracted to white and light-colored flowers.
Glitter it Up:
Try your hand at pollination. You are the bee and you need to collect food for your colony. Move from one flower to the next and see what happens to the pollen you are carrying!
What Are the Parts of a Flower?
To “dissect” something means to take it apart and find out what is inside. Now is your chance to see what the parts of a flower look like and find the ones that are involved in pollination. Make sure to label each part and share your work with us!
Take it to your backyard!
Find a comfortable place to sit outside and count the number of pollinators you see – bees, birds, butterflies, moths, and other insects crawling on flowers. What colors are the flowers that the pollinators are interested in? How do the flowers smell? Do the pollinators more from one type of flower to another, or do they stick to the same type of flower? Describe the pollinators you see – are there several types of bees and butterflies? Keep track of your observations on your tally sheet and in your journal.
Family Activity: Let's Play!
Gather the people in your home and play the pollinator “fortune teller” game. Make sure you share some of what you learned today with your family and friends!
Tell Your Story:
Write and illustrate your own story about a bee and his adventures in a garden pollinating and making honey! Use loose paper or your journal. “Bee” creative!!