It is now SPRING TIME in Australia! After a colder than usual winter, we were inspired to create this Sunflower Craft for Preschoolers. The inspiration to create a giant sunflower came from The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. We have been reading this book recently, because the kids have been growing their own flowers and herbs in the garden. So, on to showing you how we made this Giant Sunflower, one of the many Crafts for Preschool done by Kidz Activities….
Sunflower Craft for Preschoolers
There are tricky steps in this craft which will need the assistance of an adult, such as cutting and tying knots. But everything else, such as gluing, folding, twirling yarn on a fork, can all be done by 3-4 year olds.
What You Need to Make a Sunflower Craft:
- Plastic bowl
- Yellow paper (6 pieces). Optional: Print out the Sunflower Petals Template on the yellow paper
- Green paper (1 piece)
- Brown yarn
- Plastic fork
- Glue (we used PVA glue)
How we made this Giant Sunflower Craft for Preschoolers:
- Print out the Sunflower Petals Template or cut out your own petal shapes (free form). If your preschooler is proficient in handling scissors, encourage him/her to cut the petals. But if they aren’t, an adult may need to do this part for them.
- Optional step: Let the kids fold the petals in half.
- Tell the kids to stick one end of the petal on to the plastic bowl. To create a beautiful sunflower effect: Guide your preschooler to glue the first layer of petals side by side. Then form a second layer of petals by gluing the 2nd layer petals in between the 1st layer of petals. We used a total of 16 petals for the first layer and 16 petals for the second layer.
- Create the brown middle part of the sunflower by making your own brown pompoms. Let your preschooler wrap brown yarn around the prongs of the fork. My 4-year old loved doing this!
- When your preschooler finishes step #4, an adult will have to tie a tight knot in the middle using the 2 ends of the brown yarn. Slide the yarn out of the fork. Then cut through the loops on both ends. Fluff it up, snip off the excess yarn and you’ve created a brown pompom! Put the brown pompoms in the middle of the plastic bowl. We popped some store bought yellow/orange/red pom-pom balls in there too.
- Cut a green piece of paper to create the stem and a leaf.
And that’s it! A beautiful SUNFLOWER CRAFT FOR PRESCHOOLERS. Use this sunflower craft for a Yellow Bee Pretend Play Activity. It’s a great way for preschoolers to imagine how truly busy bees are, as they make honey and help with pollination.
And here are book suggestions to extend the Sunflower Craft activity….
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