My mom sent me this gorgeous video of the wonders of pollination.
The Beauty of Pollination – Wings of Life
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.
Science Activities for Kids
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.
Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mallifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
This won the 2021 Sibert Award! A honeybee emerges from her cell. Her life begins taking care of the hive until she is strong enough to fly. Then, she’s off into the world in search of nectar to bring back. Learn about the plight of the honeybees in this stunning nonfiction book. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
What if There Were No Bees? 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. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
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’ colorful adventure as they learn how living things grow. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
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. [picture book, ages 6 and up]
What Is Pollination? by Bobbie Kalman
p.s. Related posts:
DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids
Bee Barf is Honey? Books & Videos for Kids
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12 thoughts on “Pollination: Video and Ideas for Summer Learning”
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What a gorgeous video! Thanks for sharing. Will make sure the kids watch it today 🙂
Hi Dr. Rajka,
I have to thank my mother for that video! And make my kids watch it too!
Incredible video – to me, the bats, in particular! I saw a hummingbird in my yard once this summer. I got a picture but it didn’t come out very good. According to the Kratt Brothers, if you want hummingbirds in your yard you need to plant red tube-like flowers.
I think I need more red flowers. I planted magenta Bee Balm but it’s not surviving very well. I might need a hummingbird feeder. Good to know that they are here in New England!
Great list. My girls love the Magic School Bus books. I’m so glad I don’t have a garden, I so dislike bees!
My girls loved the Magic School Bus books too. I really need to read them with my youngest too! My kids hate bees but they are good!! They won’t sting unless threatened.
We loved your video, we are doing botany.. it was super… thank you
My mother sent me that video. It’s very cool, isn’t it? She sends me cool stuff that she gets in her email.
Great post for some fun summer learning Mia! Thanks so much for linking up at Discover & Explore this week. ~ Jacquie