Thursday, May 12, 2011

May Flowers Are Here! Sunflower Craft


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
  • glue
  • pencil
Here is what you do:
  • 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!
This is a simple craft and the children love using their hand prints to create a flower.  They also enjoy gluing seeds and sampling the salty treats.  You will need to watch them carefully.  I don't let the littlest guys get a taste test and occasionally a child decides to see how the glue tastes.  I find that if I allow them to have a taste at the beginning, the ones covered in glue don't get nibbled on as much.

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. 

Happy Crafting!

10 comments:

Michelle said...

So cute!!! We've done handprint Tulips before, I will have to try these next!!

Birthday Flowers Delivered said...

What a lovely activity. I have done painted handprint flowers before but none like these. Thanks for the idea!

Plain Graces said...

I hope you had fun. This is fun and the kids love using their prints to make leaves... Thanks for stopping by!

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