The Wander of Pollen

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In this activity/demonstration, learners explore pollen and how insects and animals transport pollen. Learners investigate and compare wind and animal pollination. The suggested extension activities allow learners to explore these concepts on their own by recreating the demonstration and exploring flowers outside. This activity is associated with Project BudBurst, a citizen science program for K-12 learners. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Clear plastic cup
  • Colored markers
  • Tray
  • Small pieces of paper (like confetti)
  • Felt dots
  • Paint stir stick
  • The “hooked” portion of adhesive-backed Velcro (strip or dots)
  • One large flower (like a lily) with obvious stamen, from a florist


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Citizen Science
  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, NEON Inc., 2013

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation