Activity Introduction

snappy-science-heroQuick summary: Students experiment with creating paper flowers of different colours to see which flowers attract more insects.

mod logoThese Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!

Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Australian Curriculum content description: This activity is relevant to Science Inquiry Skills across all primary year levels of the Australian Curriculum.

Year 1 Science

  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Year 4 Science

  • Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Syllabus OutcomesST1-12MW, ST2-7PW.

Time required: 5-10 minutes for creating flowers, 10 minutes for observing insects, 5 minutes for discussion.

Resources required: White and pink card, black and red felt tip pens, scissors, wire and wire cutters, sticky tape, honey.

Safety advice: Depending on student age and ability teachers may need to assist students with cutting and bending the wire.

Keywords: Flowers, colour, insects, attract.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

snappy-science-heroBrief summary:

Students experiment with creating paper flowers of different colours to see which flowers attract more insects.

Students can use the Predict, Observe, Explain table on the Student Worksheet to describe and reflect upon this experiment.

You will need:

  • White and pink card
  • Black and red felt tip pens
  • Scissors
  • Wire and wire cutters
  • Sticky tape
  • Honey

What to do:

Step 1. Cut two pink and two white flowers out of the card. Draw red ‘honey guides’ on the two pink flowers and black ‘honey guides’ on the two white flowers (see diagram below).


Step 2. Cut four short lengths of wire (10-15cm) and stick one end of the wire to the backs of the flowers with sticky tape.

Step 3. Place the flowers in the ground outside so they stand independently.

Step 4. In the centre of each flower place a blob of honey.

Step 5. Stand back (at least a metre) and wait to see if any insects visit your flowers. Which flowers appear to be the most attractive; the pink or the whit

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Student Worksheet

In this experiment you will be experimenting with creating flowers out of pink and white card to see which colours insects like the most. Do you think insects will prefer pink or white and why?


Explain what you think will happen:


Explain what happened:


Explain why you think this happened:

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