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.
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.
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]
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
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