All the April snow and rain has finally brought forth beautiful May flowers. Today it was stormy and overcast, so we decided to bring the outdoors inside. We made our own garden using glue and paper. I will admit that the dining room is a lot brighter now.
Here is what you need:
- sunflower seeds- the ones that you normally eat are cheap and easy to find
- yellow or orange construction paper- we have made other colors before, but I like to use these two for sunflowers
- a small paper plate or circle cut from cardboard
- Trace a circle on the cardboard if you are not using a paper plate. You can use a small bowl or lid- it's fun to make different sizes of flowers for a large display. Cut it out.
- Prepare your circle by spreading craft or school glue over the surface. Be generous. The seeds stick in place better when they are blanketed in the gooey white stuff.
- Place your seeds on the circle- preferably one by one. This is a great activity for children to work on developing their fine motor skills. You can also encourage patterns or lines.
- You will need a lot of hand cutouts, so I cheat. Put two pieces of the same color of paper on top of each other. Fold it into fourths or eighths- it depends on the size of the child's hands. Trace the children's little "mittens".
- Cut out their hand prints.
- Glue them around the circumference of the seeded circle. You can draw veins or creases in your petals.
- Now you can stop and smell the flowers!
I have a little trick to help with all the sticky fingers. If their hands are covered in glue, don't use soap and water. Rub their hands together and the glue will peel off. Water is definitely the last thing you want to add to the mix.
You can enhance this activity by incorporating labeling parts of flowers, what plants need to grow, and how seeds work. There are multiple ways to include math, vocabulary, and read-alouds.