Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Littles Learnng Link Up: Parts of a Flower Sunflower Craft (with instructions)

Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. I apologize for the delay in posting this week. We got a new computer and I am still struggling to figure it out.

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (at the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children.
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child.

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

Parts of a Flower Sunflower Craft
We have spent the last several weeks learning about plants with the book, "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers" by Susan Kilbride. This is one of our current review products from the Schoolhouse Review Crew, and I will be posting my review next week. For a culminating project, the children made a "Parts of a Flower Sunflower Craft."
Here are the materials you will need:

2 sheets of card stock
printout of a sunflower template (I found this one on Google images)
piece of brown felt cut lengthwise
brown construction paper circle, a little larger than circle in middle of flower template
green construction paper rectangle for stem
several green construction paper leaves (forgot to put them in the picture)
white glue
glue stick
white yarn
brown crayon
yellow marker
sunflower seeds


I started by taping the cardstock together (long side to long side) to make one tall piece of cardstock. Then I traced a faint line the height of the felt so the children could see where to color.
They colored the bottom section brown to represent the soil.

Then I taped the felt "top soil" over where they colored.

They "planted" one sunflower seed in the soil.

Then they cut up pieces of yarn to glue to the seed.

When it was dry, the flower started to grow. First a stem.

Then the leaves.

Then they added the flower. They colored it yellow and glued on the brown circle. Then the older children cut their flowers out, while I cut out the younger children's flowers.

They were glued to the top of the stem.

Finally, sunflower seeds were glued in the center of the flower.

Our finished project:

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 11 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

This week's randomly selected post is: shared Stay Cool This Summer by Celebrating Christmas in July, written by Betsy McLeod. You will find some fun sensory activities for bringing the wonder of the Christmas season alive in July. 

The following posts tied for the most clicks:

Miss Steph from Signing With Miss Steph shared Life-Saving Bubbles (Part 1). You'll find 2 recipes for homemade bubbles here.

Kimberly from Natural Beach Living shared Montessori Inspired Music for Preschoolers. She even included free printables.

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.



  1. I love all the craft ideas! This site is such a great resource!

  2. That just really brought it all to life. I like this very much!! I'm big into themes.

  3. Great ideas! We are studying Botany this year and this sunflower craft would go along great.


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