Science Activities for Kids
My mom sent me this gorgeous video of the wonders of pollination. We try to plant a garden every spring that attracts butterflies but I miss the hummingbirds that used to visit my garden in California. I think there are hummingbirds in New England, but I haven’t seen any in my garden yet. I probably need a hummingbird feeder though.
Another fun summer science experiment might be to raise butterflies. We had success raising Painted Lady butterflies but we were not so successful with a similar kit for raising ladybugs.
Fascinations GreenEarth Butterfly Kit
And if your kids like this video, see if any of these books appeal to them also.
What if There Were No Bees?: A Book about the Grassland Ecosystem (Food Chain Reactions) by Suzanne Slade
Grassland ecosystems can be found on nearly every continent. Countless animals and plants live in them. So what difference could the loss of one animal species make? Follow the chain reaction, and discover how important honey bees are.
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow by Joanna Cole
Ms. Frizzle’s class is growing a beautiful garden, but Phoebe’s plot is empty. Her flowers are at her old school! So, the kids climb aboard the Magic School Bus. They go to Phoebe’s old school to get some of her old flowers, but they end up actually going inside the flowers. Follow the kids’ colourful adventure as they learn how living things grow.
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole
When the Magic School Bus turns into a beehive, Ms. Frizzle’s class learns firsthand about how workers, drones, and the queen bees live together. Readers will be abuzz with knowledge as they discover how honeybees find food; make a comb, honey, and beeswax; and care for their young, all from the bee’s perspective.
What Is Pollination? (Big Science Ideas) by Bobbie Kalman
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image from UMass.edu.