Sunflowers for Mom

Paper flowers crumple and fresh bouquets fade. Why not plant seeds that will grow and blossom over the whole summer?

The best gift I ever received was from my three-year-old son last year. It was a Styrofoam cup filled with soil. He had planted a sunflower seed in it at day care. In a short time the seed grew into a little delicate plant about three inches tall. Together, we replanted it outside. By August the little plant grew to over six feet tall with a thick stem and a gorgeous sunflower! My son was so proud when the flower finally blossomed I thought he would burst! The picture of us in front of it was the continuation of a fabulous gift.

Planting is a wonderful activity to do with children. Kids love to play in the dirt. Not only is planting a fun physical activity, but also it's incredibly rewarding to see the fruits of your labor.

Ages 3 and up

Materials Needed:

  • Styrofoam cup
  • Planting Soil with "Miracle Grow" in it
  • Giant sunflower seeds
  • Water
  • Markers
  • Trough
  • Tall stick/planting stake
  • String

    You may want to begin with a little acting game. Tell your child to squat down and pretend that he or she is a little sunflower seed. Ask what he or she thinks the seed needs to grow. Pretend to water the seed and then turn the lights on and off (or flicker your fingers like pretend sunshine). Have your child slowly grow and grow into a tall sunflower. Take turns being the seed and water and give sunlight to each other.

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