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Level: ECE, Primary
Grades: PreK - Gr 2 | Age: 2 - 8yrs | Written by: Karen Rowley
[Karen is a teacher at St. Norbert Pre-K in Orange, California]

Students will use paper plates as a canvas as they create bright, colorful sunflowers.

What You Need:
What You Do:

Bring in real sunflowers for the class to see. Children may make their own sunflowers.

This activity makes a wonderful bulletin board display and provides concrete examples of the parts of a sunflower.

  1. Children will paint a paper plate with yellow paint and let dry
  2. Children will paint the center of the paper plate with brown paint mixed with glue.
  3. While the paint/glue mixture is still wet, children will put unshelled sunflower. Let dry.
  4. Children may cut stems and leaves for their sunflowers.

We have made a variation on this activity and added the child's picture.

Add to a garden theme, a picnic theme, or science theme.

Recommended Books/Products:

My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Paint!
Creating with strings, fingers, rollers, straws, and other super techniques: no wonder this entry in Lark's fabulous new art series will have kids saying "I love to paint!"

Painting with Children
Painting with Children contains sections on the "moral effects of color," the experience of colors, preparation, color stories and poems, panting with plant colors, painting the moods and seasons of nature, and much more.

The Science Book of Color
by Neil Ardley
This book explains the principles of color and gives instructions for a variety of simple experiments.

My First Paint Book
by Dawn Sirett
Twenty-two activities, from stenciled boxes to T-shirt designs, are presented along with step-by-step, full-color photographs and clear instructions, in a visual introduction to making and decorating things with paint.

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