One thing I love about summer is the beautiful sunflowers that grow and we're inspired by those for this craft for another idea for our Garden Week for Storybook Summer this year. This beautiful sunflower is easy to make and kids will love how it brightens up the summer crafting with kids.
Summer crafting is such a special experience to share with kids. Even if you're not the craftiest person on the planet (which I'm not), it's worth the time to find a simple craft you and the children can make together.
And if you can tie it in with a wonderful children's book, then that's even better!
We've been sharing some really easy coffee filter crafts for kids with our children over the past few months. One of their favorites was a super simple coffee filter flower craft that we did this past spring.
Storybook Summer Featured Book Lola Plants a Garden
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Get the easy project details below! This would be a perfect kids' craft for summertime since that's the time of year when sunflowers grow the tallest.
And if you'd like even more summer art ideas you can try, take a look at our list of 40 easy summer crafts to make with kids!
The book "Lola Plants A Garden" is such a sweet story. My daughter and I had already read the book "Lola At the Library" lots and lots of times, so we were excited to see that Lola was on to new adventures.
In this story, Lola decides to plant her very own garden, including some sunflowers. But she finds out that it takes some time for her plants to grow.
Lola doesn't sit around complaining or being bored, though. She does all kinds of neat garden activities while she waits.
She makes her own flower book. She decorates her own floral shirt. She even has a cupcake party with Mom and some of her friends. And her dad helps her add shiny bells to her garden, just like "Mary, Mary".
Once her flowers finally grow, Lola is ecstatic. But she's also glad for the memories she made working on her garden with her family.
Coffee Filter Sunflower Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers
To make your very own coffee filter sunflower craft - like the ones Lola grew - you'll need the following:
Materials Needed for Coffee Filter Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
How to Make your Sunflower Craft with Toddlers and Preschoolers
1. Start by coloring the center of the coffee filter brown. Then color the outer ring bright yellow. We used the crayon color "Dandelion".
2. Use a pair of child-safe scissors to cut alternating triangles along the edge of the coffee filter. This will give you the look of a sunflower.
3. What helped us to make the triangle edge was to use a pencil to lightly draw the triangles on the back of the coffee filter. Then all we had to do was cut along the lines and flip it over.
4. Now glue the coffee filter sunflower near the top of the construction paper. (Glue sticks work best for this because they won't bleed through the top layer of the filter.)
5. Finally, use a green crayon to draw a stem and some flowers.
All finished! Kids can make an entire bouquet of coffee filter sunflowers to decorate their own indoor garden!
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