January 12, 2017

Pollination Activity

Last week I had a program of Insects Make WHAT?! at the Hockessin Book Shelf in Delaware. It was an enthusiastic group of children and their caregivers.
During the presentation I discussed the four insects and the products we use that are included in my book, Insects as Producers. We also played several rounds of a game. A favorite activity of the program is the pollination activity we complete with cheese puffs.

To better understand how insects and flowers work together, you can do this activity, too.

Please note: If you have invited me to your school for an author visit, please know this is part of my presentation. It may be best to share this activity with your students after my visit. Thank you!


Materials and Supplies:
small, wrapped candy pieces (Bit-O-Honey work well)
bowl
cheese puffs (I prefer to use Herr's brand)
paper towel
marker

Directions:
1. Using a marker, draw flowers on a paper towel.
2. Place the candy in the bowl.
3. Fill the bowl with cheese puffs.
4. Using your hand, dig through the cheese puffs to get a piece of candy.
5. Wipe your hand on the paper towel. Repeat steps four and five until all of the candy is gone.
6. How do the bowl, candy, cheese puffs, cheese powder, and paper towel represent parts of the pollination process? Even your hand plays a role!

What happened? You search the bowl like an insect searches for nectar. Just as you find what you're looking for, so does the insect. Both get powder on them. The cheese powder transfers to the paper towel. The pollen dust transfers to another flower resulting in fertilization and seeds!

Download the directions for this fun pollination activity HERE. 


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Annette Whipple
Annette Whipple

Annette Whipple is a children's nonfiction author living in Pennsylvania who loves to inspire a sense of wonder in others. She also enjoys reading good books and snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies.