To illustrate the role pollinators play in pollinating flowers
- Scissors for cutting out animal
- Colored pencils
- Pliers (optional)
Start by asking students which animals are considered pollinators: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are the most prominent examples; yet some species of ants, wasps, beetles, moths, lizards, and even monkeys can also pollinate. Pose questions about the pollination process and the important role of these animals.
To make a pollinator mobile, the first step is to construct an X-shaped cross from which the various paper animals will hang. This cross can be made from wire, sticks, or wood.
Then students should create and color different species of pollinators. If possible, print out the silhouettes of these species prior to the session so students can trace and cut out the animal shapes. Students should color in both sides of the pollinator. Hang the pollinators by attaching their backs/wings to string and tying the other end to the cross above.
Finally, be sure to draw a giant, colorful paper flower that hangs between all of the pollinators.
Instead of pollinators, adapt this activity to other concepts and themes, including the solar system, fruit, or marine life mobiles.
This lesson plan is an activity from the Environmental Activities for Youth Clubs and Camps, a resource developed by the Peace Corps Office of Overseas Programming and Training (OPATS). It was contributed by Peace Corps/Mexico.