Everyone who guessed Kansas was of course right.  And we couldn’t just “do math,” as my kids would say, with sunflowers.  We had to paint with them and more.


I found this super cool site with some sunflower ideas, and used their sunflower life cycle page as part of our Kansas study after reading.  First we read about how they grew from this book.  I have to say this is my favorite book about plants so far because it had great pictures, and did a great explanation. Widgets



The books we used……


Then I made this recipe from Pocketful of Posies, and she’s right it makes A LOT.  So, now I have a whole tub full of finger paint waiting to be turned into different colors.


At first I was very strict on the whole you must paint a sunflower.  That was their first index card (and let me just say I’m loving this whole index card art, it’s a great size for displaying and keeping in lapbooks and such, and it’s not overwhelming for when they don’t feel like painting).


After the first one they just had at it, and I added in a few more colors.  I’m looking forward to when we try this again.


Now head on over to:

A Mommy’s Adventures for more stART projects.

Red Ted Art for more kid art projects

and JDaniel 4’s Mom for more reading and general cool projects.

Shibley Smiles

13 thoughts on “Sunflowers

  1. There is an explosion of Kansas going on right now! That's what we are doing…along with like 3 other blogs.

    I'm doing Wizard of Oz, tornadoes, buffalo, sunflowers, and meadowlark. Maybe a couple of other things thrown in, with all of the ideas that I am sure to get along the way 🙂

    Index card art sounds like fun, I'm not sure my daughter is ready to keep herself contained to that small a space yet

  2. I'm so glad that the finger paint recipe worked out for you. I love the idea of using index cards. What a great size. I will have to try that.

    Also, I really like your blog layout. I am not sure when you did it, but I haven't been here in a while.

  3. ha – what are we doing the same cirriculum? We did birds @ the sametime & now sunflowers! we are growing sunflowers – our post will be up soon. It's so funny! nice job! great minds think alike! 🙂

  4. What lovely sunflowers!

    I hadn't seen your index card idea before – brilliant – we are currently collecting our art for a calendar to give to grandparents at the end of the year – your index cards would be a GREAT size for this.

    But I could also imagine my son enjoy “the pocket sized” paintings and not wanting to part with them!

    Thanks for linking up!


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