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The Pollination Game

Volume 1 Number 8 - October 1993
Richard Price and Julia Willison

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By getting students to play the part of a flower they can learn in a fun and active way about how flowers are pollinated.  It's not expensive to make a bee and flower kit, it just takes a little time and imagination.  Below we have listed the materials we used to make our kit.

For the flowers:

  • Petals. These can be made out of cardboard.  You need to make 8 individual petals
  • Stigmas.  Woolly hats or balaclavas
  • Anthers. 8 woolly socks
  • Pollen. 32 pingpong balls with velcro stuck on.  The velcro is to help the pingpong balls stick to the "stigma", "anthers" and "bee".  We painted half the pingpong balls yellow and the other half orange to distinguish the pollen in the two flowers.
  • Nectar 2 drinking containers with straws in.  Bicycle bottles are good

For the bee:

You can make the bee's outfit as simple or elaborate as you like.  We used:

  • a woolly jumper
  • black and yellow striped trousers
  • a hat with antennae
  • sun glasses
  • wings made out of wire coat hangers and a pair of nylon tights

How to Play the Pollination Game

First build the flowers.  You need nine students for each flower:

  • four for the petals
  • four for the anthers (get them to put the woolly socks on their hands)
  • one for the stigma (get one of the students to put the woolly hat on their head)

You can use fewer students by getting those students who are holding the petals to also be the anthers.

Stick the pollen (pingpong balls) to the anthers, make sure you keep the colours separate on each set of anthers.  Ask the students to arrange themselves as a flower and put the nectar in the centre.

Discuss with the students why they think bees visit flowers and what they think happens when they do. 

Bring in the bee!  Ask the bee to buzz over and visit one of the flowers.  Transfer the pollen from the anthers to the bee.  Discuss with the students what they think happens next.

Ask the bee to visit the second flower.  Transfer the pollen from the bee to the stigma, and the pollen from the anthers to the bee.  Discuss with the students about what is happening and what will happen next.

Encourage the students to visit the botanic garden to observe different pollinators at work.  Contact BGCI for the Busy Bees activity sheet.

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En demandant aux élèves de jouer une des parties de la fleur, ils peuvent apprendre d'une manière amusante et attrayante la façon qu'on les fleurs de se faire polliniser.

On propose aux élèves un jeu de rôle, on ils seront pétale, stigmate, anthères ou abeille, afin qu'ils découvrent comment se déroule la pollinisation. On donne aux élèves des costumes représentant leur partie florale.

Ce n'est pas onéreux de faire un "kit abeille fleur", il peut être confectionne a partir de matériaux facilement récupérables. Des traductions française et espagnole peuvent être obtenues auprès du BGCI, comme une liste du matériel nécessaire.

ResumenResumen: Juego Sobre Polinización

Si se les da los estudiantes para jugar el papel de una flor, pueden aprender de una forma divertida y activa  cómo se polonizan las flores. Se les pide que hagan el papel de los p‚talos, estigmas, anteras y abejas con el fin de descubrir cómo ocurre la polinización. Se les da disfraces para que se vistan y representen su parte.

No resulta caro hacer un equipo de abeja y flor, se puede hacer fácilmente a partir de materiales aprovechables. La BGCI dispone de las traducciones en español y francés así cómo de la lista de materiales necesarios.

About the Authors 

Julia Willison is head of education at BGCI, Richmond, UK.  Richard Price works for Science and Plants in Schools (SAPS), Cambridge, UK.

 
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