Back at Lexington this week we learned about another friend of the garden — the bee. The kids learned that this pollinator does a lot more than make honey! As the bees search for nectar from flower to flower, they are also collecting and distributing pollen from flower to flower. This pollination allows the plants to make new seeds. We played a buzzing bee game to better understand what a bee does. The kids used pipettes to gather “nectar” from cups hidden throughout the garden. They then delivered the nectar to the “queen bees,” kids in be hats holding ice cube trays that represented hives.
After playing until the “hives” were full, we gathered back together to discuss the life of a bee. The kids found that sometimes a cup would be empty or there would be too many kids around it to collect nectar. They also found that they were “flying” quite a bit from flower to hive since their pipettes could only hold a limited amount of “nectar.” I explained how all this movement leads to pollen being moved all over the place allowing all kinds of plants to make new seeds and continue the life cycle.