Science: Plant a sunflower!
This is such a rewarding experience for a little one! We planted some last spring and the kids were amazed that the flower grew so tall! This is a wonderful time to reiterate the Bible Verse above. As high as the sunflowers may reach to the sky, God's love for his reaches even higher! If you happen to grow sunflowers, be sure to save a few seeds to possible plant the next year. You could always make cute little seed packets to store them!
We made sunflowers and more sunflowers! For the flower below, the little boys painted a paper plate and glued on petals that I pre-cut for them. Then they glued sunflowers and beans on the center of the flower. (We didn't have very many seeds left after planting the majority of them...hence the beans.)
Floral Sensory Box
I added an bunch of silk flowers into the sensory box. The little boys enjoyed looking at all the different flowers.
We were able to us the floral sensory box for many other skills as well! We sorted the flowers! We identified the flower colors. We counted flowers. We made flower patterns. We figured out which flowers looked most like the flower from the book!
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!
Our sunflower unit was fun for all my kiddos, not just my tots. One of the books that I used for the older kids in conjunction with Big Yellow Sunflower was The Sunflower Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs. This is a beautiful story about a little boy who hopes to grow sunflowers that reach to heaven. In the most simple, yet clever way the story explains our Father's garden and the process of spreading His message.
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