If you can, bring in real sunflowers to inspire your students before they begin this sunny spring craft.

What You Need: 

  • 9- by 12-inch brown construction paper cut into 9- by 6-inch halves, one per student
  • Glue sticks or liquid glue
  • 2- by 2-inch brown and black tissue paper, at least 12 squares per student
  • White butcher paper, cut into 20- by 20-inch sheets, one per student
  • Yellow and orange paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Green butcher paper, cut into 2- by 24-inch strips, one per student
  • Green construction paper, cut into 7- by 10-inch sheets, at least one per student

What You Do:

  1. Have your students use pencils to draw a circle approximately 5 inches in diameter in the middle of the white butcher paper.
  2. Let your students paint flower petals of any size around the circle using the yellow paint.
  3. Have the students add orange paint on top of the yellow near the center of the flower to mimic the color patterns of sunflowers. Set the butcher paper aside to dry.
  4. Have your students cut a circle 6 inches in diameter from the brown construction paper halves.
  5. Now your students can spread glue on the brown construction paper circle.
  6. Ask the students to crumble up the 2- by 2-inch pieces of brown and black tissue paper and glue the pieces to the brown construction paper. Set the construction paper circles aside to dry.
  7. Return to the butcher paper and have your students cut out their flower shapes. They should keep the petals connected to the center circle so the flower stays in one piece.
  8. When the construction paper circles are dry, have children glue the brown circle shape to the middle of the flower.
  9. Ask your students to help each other hold the green butcher paper strip vertically and glue it to the bottom of the flower to create the stems.
  10. To make the leaves, have the students cut leaf shapes from the 7- by 10-inch sheets of green construction paper.
  11. To complete the sunflower, student can glue the leaves to the stem. Display the sunflowers together in your classroom to create a sunflower field!

Recommended Reading

The following sunflower-themed books will inspire conversation among your students while they build their own sunflowers.

Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt

Discuss the characters and the setting and have your students create a beginning, middle, and end chart for the story.

Vincent van Gogh by Mike Venezia

Teach your students about the artist who painted the most famous picture of sunflowers that has ever been made.

From Seed to Sunflower by Gerald Legg, illustrated by Carolyn Scrace

This is the perfect book choice when learning about the life cycle of a sunflower.