This clothespin sunflower craft was inspired by our state flower, the sunflower. As summer flowers fade, I love seeing bright yellow sunflowers growing tall along roads and fields in the late summer, early fall.
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We got started on our sunflower craft by gathering our supplies. A couple of items were leftover from previous projects. The clothespins were left over from a sun craft we did a few weeks ago and the small paper plates from a cookie craft.
- Small Brown Paper Plates (you could use white and color or paint it brown)
- Jumbo Wood Craft Sticks
- Mini Clothespins
- Sunflower seeds
- Yellow marker
- Green paint
1. Paint the craft stick green and allow to dry.
2. Color the clothespins with a yellow marker. We used 12 mini clothespins, but you could use less or more. Holding the individual clothespins can be difficult for little ones, so I attached the clothespins to a piece of cardboard.
3. Use a glue stick and apply glue to the center of the brown paper plate and apply the sunflower seeds.
4. Attach your craft stick to the back on your plate.
5. Place clothespins around the brown plate to make petals.
Extend the Activity:
- Squeezing clothespins is a great way for your little ones to build their fine motor skills, so let them play with their craft and practice putting the clothespins on and taking them off.
- Practice math skills by counting the petals (clothespins) on your sunflower. For older kids, count the sunflower seeds used to make this craft.
- Read books about sunflowers such as Sunflower House and My Sunflower.
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