Planting - Sunflowers
Helianthus annuus and cvs. (Sunflower) Aphids a problem? Definitely plant a few sunflowers here and there in the garden. Step back and watch the ants herd the aphids onto them. We have been doing this for years and it is remarkable. The sunflowers are so tough that the aphids cause very little damage and you will have nice seed heads for the birds to enjoy. Sunflowers also attract hummingbirds which eat whiteflies. Talk about a symbiotic relationship!
Very simple toddler craft for toddler storytime. Sunflowers. I cut (using Cricut Sampler cartridge) the yellow or gold outer piece and brown circles for the center. The toddlers glued them together, then glued on the sunflower seeds. They colored craft sticks with green markers and glued them to the back. Very easy for toddlers - worked very well with assistance from their parent or grandparent.
Grade 1 students made these potted sunflowers to celebrate the beginning of Spring. Plant pots are paper cups painted brown, a kebab skewer was painted green for the stem and the sunflowers were coloured and cut out from a template I created. I poured a little plaster into each cup to it weigh down and to plant the flowers in. Students made leaves from scraps of green card and glued to the stem.
A selection of books about sunflowers - and some activities for toddlers to grow their own. This is a lovely post, with opportunities for lots of maths and label chat- how big, how long,how high, what colour. See also Eric Carles book "the Tiny Seed", although this does have a lot of text. You could just talk through the pictures if the text is too long.