My husband Ben, coaches high school baseball. Did you know that on your resume for coaching you need to indicate whether you “spit seeds” or not? I guess it’s a prerequisite for coaching the sport of baseball, who knew???? Well baseball season is over, but for some reason, spitting season is not. Just for the record, I am not a fan of seed spitting. I will, however, tolerate this as I live with four dudes and I’d much rather they spit seeds then spit ANYTHING else… Needless to say, the seed spitting habit has brought about a few questions around our house… Where do sunflower seeds come from? Where do sunflowers grow? How big do they get? Should we pick some? As you know, I like to use every opportunity I can as a teachable moment, so Daddy’s “habit” was turned into a quick lesson on sunflowers. This project came about after our lesson! To duplicate the project you will need:
white construction paper
Yellow & green tempera paint & brushes
I simply painted my boys hands with the yellow paint and lightly pressed their gooey fingers on the paper to make a hand petal! I repeated this four times in opposing directions to mimic the shape of a flower. I then let them paint their own stems and leaves. Once our pictures had dried we used white glue to attach a few (don’t worry Daddy) of Mister’s sunflower seeds to the center of our flowers… Viola, handprint sunflowers! I think we’ll keep these up all summer, they are so sunny!