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Bees Pollinate the Poppies

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Last week we learned how bees help the gardens grow.

I loved the connection between art, nature and science in our Mother Goose Time lesson, “Bees Pollinate the Poppies”.  At circle time we talked about bees, as a visitor to the garden. What do we know about bees?  #1 answer: They sting. Yes, they do but their most important job is – pollinating!

We sang the following song to “Skip to my Lou”

BUZZ, BUZZ, BUMBLEBEE
Buzz, buzz, bumblebee.
Buzz, buzz, bumblebee.
Buzz, buzz, bumblebee.
On a big red flower.

We looked at these two beautiful works of art – I love that Mother Goose Time includes examples of famous art which serves as not only education but inspiration!

Poppies by Robert Vonnoh (1888)

Poppies by Robert Vonnoh (1888)

Meadow with Poppies Szinyei Merse, Pál (1896)Meadow with Poppies Szinyei Merse, Pál (1896)

First we painted our grass green. See the inspiration this 4 year old took from the art example?

painting green grass poppy field

Next we added red paper torn into flower shapes.

gluing on red poppy flowers

poppy art

The next step really shows the pollinating process. Using a dampened cotton ball, the child dips it in a plate of cornmeal. Then dabs it on the glue on each flower, “pollinating” it.pollinating flowers

This was so fun, connecting art and science. The process art with several steps resulted in beautiful poppy paintings of our own!

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The June Mother Goose Time kit will be the Alphabet House. Don’t miss it, it’s going to be great!

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