One of my favorite sites is a field full of sunflowers. It is a happy scene that comes and goes too quickly. But this life-size sunflower kids craft can last all year!
This is a great activity to practice cutting straight lines, though cutting out all of these at once is a lot to ask of any childs attention span. So, give a hand to make light work. If your kiddo has not yet learned to use scissors and is not redy to practice, pre-cut the strips and have them help form the chain. This is a great way to practice working the hands together, which is a foundational skill to using scissors. Also, working the stapler is a fun way to develop hand strength. Though you may want to give a little assistance as little hands may tire out pretty quickly. Or use a glue stick to make each link instead.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Green construction paper
- Yellow construction paper
- Paper plate
- Brown paint
- Medium pompom
- Stapler with staples
- Glue stick
- Scotch tape
- Pipe cleaner-any color
**Doing hands-on activities with your children is so beneficial and can lead to some wonderful family interactions. So, we want to make it as simple as possible to craft with your kids. Make your kit using our FREE printable list, or fill your Amazon cart, and you will have all you need to make EVERY SINGLE CRAFT ON THIS BLOG! Prep once so that you can craft along at a moments notice!
- Cut the curved crinkled edge off of the paper plate, leaving a large flat circle
- Place the circle on the newspaper
- Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Squeeze a little brown paint onto the newspaper
- Dab brown paint onto the circle, covering it completely
- Allow the paint to dry
- Trace 14-15 petals onto the yellow construction paper and cut them out
- Trace 4-6 leaves onto the green construction paper and cut them out
- Fold the ends of the leaves by about 1″
- **You can use this template for the petals and leaves
- Cut stripes of green paper approximately 1 1/2″ wide, the length of the short side of the paper
- You will need about 30 strips. You will get about 5 per sheet of paper.
- To cut the strips straight, make a fold first
- Make a chain using the strips of green paper, using the stapler to close each link
- *If you are working with a little one, pre-cut the strips and use the glue stick to form each link instead of the stapler.
- Staple leaves on the sides onto alternating chain links (or glue them in place)
- Use the glue stick to attach the petals to the back of the brown painted circle
- This will form the head of the sunflower
- Make the pipe cleaner into a loop and tape to the back of the flower head
- Tape the stem of the sunflower onto the head of the flower in the back