“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” ~Helen Keller
Sunflowers mark the end of summer and beginning of fall as this is when they are in full bloom. They are apparently easy to grow although I have yet to try it myself. Today I am sharing a fun and easy sunflower up cycled cardboard craft. My 3 year old enjoyed learning about the basics of sunflowers while doing a hands on learning activity. Scroll to the end for your free PRINTABLES and a step by step tutorial on how I made this.
-They typically take about 120-180 days to grow into a full flower.
-They need lots of sunlight 6-8 hours a day and lots of water.
-The typical sunflower life cycle: planting the seed, germination, seedling/leaf/plant, growing bug, flower, pollination, seed development, and harvesting.
-Can self pollinate
What You’ll Need:
1 Paper Towel Roll
1 Toilet Paper Roll
Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks
Small items to fill in the sunflower (I used pumpkin seeds, coffee beans and mung beans)
What To Do:
Cut out a piece of cardboard about 10” by 12”.
Measure out 1” strips on your paper towel roll and cut. I ended up with 11 pieces.
Hot glue your paper towel petals into a flower shape.
Measure out 1” strip along the length of your toilet paper roll and cut 2 pieces.
Hot glue down the 1” strips to create the first part of your stem.
Measure out 1” by 2” with the remaining toilet paper roll.
Hot glue down to connect to the stem to create a leaf.
Measure and cut out 1” strip to connect to the stem..
Hot glue down to connect and finish the stem.
Fill in the parts of the sunflower with different small items! I used yellow mung beans, coffee beans, and raw pumpkin seeds. Those were the small food items I had on hand but other ideas could be corn kernels, black beans, and green peas.
This was a quick and easy craft to make! I love up cycling to reuse items I have already rather than go buy more craft supplies. My 3 year old isn’t ready for the cutting and gluing but he had lots of fun learning about the basic parts of a sunflower, filling, sorting and coloring.
I created a simple printable so we could review the basic parts of a sunflower. You can download your copy by clicking here – Parts of a sunflower .
I also created a coloring sheet for him to try coloring in a picture of a sunflower. You can download your copy by clicking here – Sunflower coloring sheet
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