With this pollination experiment, your students will demonstrate how insects pollinate flowers.
Pollination STEM Materials
- Black Pipe Cleaners – 1 per student
- Cupcake Liners
- 3 Different Kool-Aid® Flavors
- Flower Cut Outs (optional)
It is important to notice that the colors of the powders didn’t always match the package color. I recommend orange, strawberry, and green apple. Even though the green apple appears white, it is perfect to show the other colors when cross-pollinating them.
Prep for the Pollination Activity
Gather all the materials beforehand.
Decide if students will work in small groups or as a whole group.
Place a small amount of one Kool-aid® powder into a cupcake liner. Repeat this for the other flavors.
You can grab the complete lesson with directions for how to make the bee ring and a printable flower outline below.
Have students wrap a pipe cleaner around their index finger.
Students will tap their Bee Ring into a cupcake liner. Some “pollen” will attach to the pipe cleaner. Then the student will go to a different flower and repeat the process.
After a minute or two, have the students stop pollinating the flowers.
Now it is time to look closely at what is inside the cupcake liners.
The different colored specks prove that pollen from different flowers had been transferred by the bees.