Pollination: Video and Ideas for Summer Learning

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

 To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book or purchase at Barnes and Noble by going here.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. This is a great post. I have signed up to receive your posts by email. Thanks for all your hard work!
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  2. What a gorgeous video! Thanks for sharing. Will make sure the kids watch it today 🙂
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  3. Ann

    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.
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    • Hi Ann,
      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!

  4. Vanita

    Great list. My girls love the Magic School Bus books. I’m so glad I don’t have a garden, I so dislike bees!

    • Hi Vanita,
      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.

  5. Andrea

    We loved your video, we are doing botany.. it was super… thank you

  6. Great post for some fun summer learning Mia! Thanks so much for linking up at Discover & Explore this week. ~ Jacquie
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