In this activity, students make a paper patty from old paper and seeds to grow flowers which attract pollinators.
Seeds of select species will grow flowers that will attract pollinators, especially European Honeybees, because of their colour, shape, size and smell. Using native species will encourage local pollinator species as well as honey bees. By planting seeds, students will support urban pollinators, help increase pollination (and honey) levels, and learn observation skills, and explore the life of bees from their long-term observations.
Plants and pollinators depend on each other. Over 80% of plants depend on pollinators to make seeds for the next generation, and bees’ sole food source comes from flowers. Without pollinators many of our plants would cease to exist, and without our plants, many of our pollinators would cease to exist.
When you increase the number and types of flowers in an area, you are directly helping out pollinators, by providing them with a more diverse diet, more possibilities to find food throughout the seasons, and a better chance at survival. This can help maintain sustainable levels of pollinators, like bees.