Beautiful sunflowers have been growing outside the preschool. We took a class on a nature walk around our campus and picked some of the large, yellow beauties to bring into the classroom and examine up close. The children used magnifying glasses to see each detail of the flower's petals, the center and the seeds. They then did observation painting of the flowers. Next, they took tweezers and plucked the seeds from the flower. This is a great exercise for little hands and really helps their fine motor skills. Finally, they could count and sort the seeds.
These flowers have given us so much to work with, from their planting in the Spring, to harvesting the seeds in the Fall!