We have been working on our insect unit this week. One day we learned all about bees and how they make honey and drink nectar from flowers to make honey. So, of course we also talked about how when the bee is sitting on the flower, pollen gets stuck to his legs. When he flies to another flower the pollen on his legs fall off on that flower and that's how seeds are made.
So, this is what we did: I got this idea from my friends at Seela Science!;)
We made a flower and put pollen in it! Cut down a paper bag to about 1/2 it size. Glue a flower on the front. Put Cheetos in the bag!;)
Give each kiddo a bee finger puppet and let them fly over to the flower and grab some Cheetos! (Remind them NOT to lick or wipe their fingers off!)
Give your kids some time to snack on their Cheetos:) Keep reminding them NOT to lick their fingers!! Wait until everyone has gathered LOTS of pollen on their legs (Cheeto dust on their fingers:)
Then, let them fly to a friend's flower and land on it. They can see how some pollen is left behind on the flower!!!
You have successfully pollinated a flower!!!
Here is what we learned: