Looking Closely at…. sunflowers

Last spring our class planted sunflower seeds and watched the beginning of the life cycle of sunflowers. On Friday, we looked closely at the blooms of sunflowers. We examined the blooms under the document camera and discussed the interesting colour of the petals. We agreed tht the petals were not quite yellow but they were not quite orange either. We then discussed colours and discovered what happened when we mix yellow and a little red together. There were squeals of delight as students discovered they could make orange. They looked directly at the sunflowers in vases and tried to create the petal colours while finger painting. Next week we will use the finger painting sheets as petals, create dot middles and assemble our sunflowers.

A vase of sunflowers was set up on another table and students were invited to draw what they saw. A few students selected this drawing task in addition to finger painting. This week vases of sunflowers will be set up at the art center and the painting easel area to encourage more observational style creations. The students will also be examining the sunflower more closely with magnifying glasses at the science center.

Sunflower finger painting

At home you can support by pointing out any sunflower plants you see growing in your neighbourhood or throughout our town. You might also want to stop and talk about the flowers you see in Zehrs or other stores. Compare the plants, ask your child what do they notice?


About mrsharrisonlsps

I'm a Kindergarten teacher who is running a Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Discovery Educator Star.
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3 Responses to Looking Closely at…. sunflowers

  1. Amy says:

    Love this! I’m going out today to get sunflowers to take into my class!

  2. Kim Clark says:

    I love this idea. We already had sunflowers as a provocation in our art centre last week and the kiddos had construction paper and plastercine to create their impressions of sunflowers. This week the sunflowers are at the discovery table. I think I might also have to add the fingerprinting idea as well.
    @kimclark23 for twitter and Instagram

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