In this game, students explore how bees transfer pollen from flower to flower. Using cheesy snacks or powdered paint to symbolize pollen sacs, each student has the chance to be a bee and pollinate flowers.
Pollination is a two-way mutually beneficial process between plants and animals. A pollinator comes to a flower in search of nectar to eat, and when the pollinator lands on a flower, pollen lands on their body.
Bees and other pollinators move from flower to flower and continually drop old pollen onto a new flower and pick up new pollen. When they buzz on a flower, they even shake off pollen from their bodies!
When pollinators move pollen from one plant to another it is called cross-pollination. Many plants rely on cross-pollination to develop seeds, so without pollinators we would lose most of our plants too!