Did you know that June15-22 was National Pollinator’s Week? While this post comes to you a week late, I thought it might be fun to do a few crafts in honor of our favorite pollinators — the butterflies, the bees, and the bats!
First, however, a little bit about pollination and why it’s so important to all of us. Here is a diagram about how “pollination” occurs!. Pollen is made by the male part of the flower, the anther. It is the powdery substance you find on flowering plants. Pollinators love to drink the sugary-sweet nectar that is made by the flowers at the base of the pistil or female part, as they move from flower to flower. When they go in to suck up the nectar, they brush against the anthers and get the pollen on their bodies. When they land on a flower, the pollen will brush off their body into the pistil. If it’s close to the opening, at the top of the pistil, it will make it’s way down to the egg. When the pollen and egg meet, a seed is formed. The seed makes a new plant! Without the seed, we would not have any fruits, vegetables, trees, grass or flowers. This is extremely important to maintain life on earth. Now that you know the importance of these three creatures, I can tell you that each of them, the bat, the butterfly and the bee are in the Phillip’s Quest books! So, here we go — First: Let’s make a bee! This comes from our friends at Crafty Morning and is made from egg carton containers. A great recycling craft for those cardboard egg containers.
- Yellow paint,
- Black paint or marker,
- Paper plate,
- paint brush,
- 2-egg carton cups,
- Black and silver pipe cleaners ( 2 black and 1 silver),
- Googly eyes,
- Hot glue gun or glue dots.
Cut off two attached egg carton cups and neatly trim excess paper and stuff. This may be something that your mom or dad may have to help you with.
Next, pour some yellow paint in a paper dish and paint both of the egg carton cups bright yellow! When the paint is dry, poke two holes on the top of one the cups. These are where the black antennas will go.
Take a glue dot or hot glue gun, and glue the head and body together.
Pour some black paint in a plate or use a black marker to make stripes around the head and body. Let the stripes dry.
While they stripes are drying, fold one of the black pipe cleaners into a “U.” This will be pushed up through the head, for the antennas. You can leave them straight, or make them squiggly.
Cut the other black pipe cleaner in half and twist together to make an “X.” This will be the bees legs — or knees!
Use the silver pipe cleaner and bend it into a figure “8.” These are the “wings.”You may want to squish it together a bit so that the wings are not so fat.
From the underside of the cup, push the antennas through the holes on the top of the head. If they are very long, you can cut them off or twist them into squiggles.
Using a glue gun or dot, glue the legs to the underside of the body and form the legs.
Glue the wings to the top of the bee.
Next week, the butterfly and the bat!
Hint!!! Do you know what origami is?
Hope you enjoyed this week’s craft! As always, be sure to leave me a comment! Get your folding fingers ready!