Book List

And A Sunflower Grew - Aileen Fisher
Sunflower! - Martha McKeen Welch
Sunflowers - Cynthia Overbeck
Sunflowers - Kathleen Pohl

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Songs & Fingerplays

Little Sunflower

I'm a little sunflower
I'm so small.
Soil, sun, and water
Make me tall. When I get all grown up
You will see,
That I'm as big
As I can be!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

One lonely sunflower growing in the sun
Wants to play and have some fun
Then Whoooosh went the wind
and scattered all the seeds
and now there's lots of sunflowers
playing in the breeze.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Arts & Crafts

Paper Plate Sunflowers

Paint small paper plates yellow. Provide cut out "petals" which the children glue around the outside of the plate. While the paint was still wet, sprinkle real sunflower seeds in the center for the flower. Pretty to hang!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

A bit of a twist to the sunflower ~ use the child's handprints for the petals & finger prints for the seeds.

~Submitted by Nancee :)

Paper Cup Sunflowers

You will need:

cotton ball
3-ounce paper cup
pipe cleaner
colored chalk

Cut a paper cup from the rim to the base several times. Fold each section outward, halfway down the cup. Make a small puncture for the pipe cleaner stem in the base of the cup. Children can insert the stem through the hole and then gently push the cotton into the center of the sunflower so the point of the pipe cleaner is covered.. Children may color the petals and center with markers or colored chalk. Have them tape the stem to the outside of the flowerpot.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Make sunflower stick puppets--Paint plates yellow, cut triangles out all along sides, paint craft sticks green, glued them to the plate and glued sunflower seeds in the middle. They turned out really cute, and the kids love them!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Sunflower Art Activity

Use small paper plates. Paint them yellow. Have cut out "petals" which the children glue around the outside of the plate. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle real sunflower seeds in the center of the flower.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Another variation is to trace the child's hand and cut out to use for petals and leaves.

~Submitted by Cindy

In The Kitchen

Sunflower cake

I made this for my daughters birthday when she was 13 it turned out really nice!

Bake a round cake
Buy 2 boxes of twinkies
Ice the cake and twinkies with lemon yellow icing
Place the twinkies around the cake like petals
Trace with brown icing.....around the petals and the cake
Fill the center of the cake with mini chocolate chips...point up for the sunflower seeds.
~Submitted by Cheryl


Sunflower Paper Plate Craft - DLTK
Top 10 Sunflower Activities for Preschool - Preschool Powol Packets
Paper Plate Sunflower - Enchanted Learning
Sunflower Activities - Making Learning Fun
Preschool Science with Sunflowers - Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
A Sunflower Theme for Preschool - Bright Hub Education

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