The magnificent size, appealing mix of colours and bountiful number of stripy seeds make the sunflower, a popular choice for children's crafts. The instantly recognisable plants dot rural fence rows and fill farmers fields. Make sunflower crafts with children to encourage appreciation for the common summertime blossom.
Paint a paper-towel tube green and let it dry. Trace and cut six child's handprints from yellow construction paper. Draw and cut four 10 cm (4 inch) long green construction paper leaves for each sunflower. Attach the leaves, two on each side -- with glue, to the tube, or "stem." Glue the yellow handprints to a dinner plate-size paper plate. Place the handprints so that the fingers are facing outward to resemble the petals of the sunflower. Cut and add more handprints if they are too small to cover the plate. Buy sunflower seeds where garden supplies are sold, or ask a sunflower-growing friend for a couple of handfuls to use in the project. Glue the seeds to the centre of the handprint sunflower and let them dry. Pinch the top of the green "stem" so that it is flat. Staple the sunflower to the stem.
Buy yellow, desert-size paper plates at a party supply or dollar store. Cut twelve 7.5 cm (3 inch) long sections of yellow crepe paper and glue them around the plate edge as petals. Let kids dip their thumbs into brown tempera paint and stamp them onto the centre of the yellow plate to create the seeds of the sunflower.
Tissue-paper sunflowers take more time than other sunflower crafts, but the result is worth the effort. Print a sunflower to use as a base. The KinderArt website offers a free, printable sunflower template. Buy bags of 2.5 cm (1 inch) squares of yellow, brown and green tissue paper from a craft store. Pour liquid craft glue on a paper plate and grab a pencil with an unused eraser. Select one yellow square of tissue paper and wrap it around the eraser end of the pencil. Dip the tissue -- still wrapped around the eraser -- in the glue, then place it on one of the petals of your sunflower print. It should resemble a tiny muffin cup liner. Keep wrapping, dipping and placing the tissue onto the petals until all are full. Complete the sunflower centre with brown tissue paper and the leaves and stem with green tissue paper.
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