Here is the perfect summertime activity for preschoolers! This activity will give children the opportunity to work on hand-eye coordination, pencil grip, and other fine motor skills. I’ll be sharing a few ways to play with these sunflower seeds in this post!
Check out the end of the post where I share two new ways to use this activity board.
Ready to give it a try?! Here’s what you’ll need..
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Here’s What We Did:
First, find a cardboard box lid and draw a sunflower outline on the inside part of the lid. This can be as basic or detailed at you want it to be. I searched “how to draw a sunflower” on Pinterest and just followed the instructions step by step!
Spread your sunflower seeds around your sunflower. I rinsed the salt off of the sunflower seeds and let them dry first because I didn’t want a salty/powdery residue on the box.
*If you are working with a classroom of kids or your child has a sunflower allergy, try dried black beans! They look similar and have the same effect.*
Sunflower Activity 1:
Now you are all set to invite your child to sweep the seeds into the sunflower’s head. This is a fun way to work on pencil grip and strengthen those fine motor muscles. Activities like this help prepare your child to hold a pencil correctly and write properly!
Children also love the challenge of sweeping the seeds into one spot. It’s more difficult than you would think and will keep your little one busy for a while!
This activity helps children make the connection that sunflower seeds grow in the head of the sunflower and will also help them identify the seeds in the future!
It looks so cute when complete!
Sunflower Activity 2:
Ok, I know what you are thinking…this is adorable and I want more ways to use this sunflower board!
Here is another idea:
You can also place the seeds in the sunflower head and invite your child to tweeze the seeds out! This is another great fine motor activity and fun way to pluck the sunflower seeds. I used less seeds for this activity than the sweeping option. It seemed a bit overwhelming and the tweezers take much longer to use.
This activity is a new favorite in our house!
Sunflower Activity 3:
Try turning this into a permanent piece of art! After trying the other activities, you can glue the seeds in place and hang it on your wall! Kids will love squeezing the glue bottle and can use the tweezers or their fingers to put the seeds on the sunflower head.
My little guy was proud of his work!
Pin this activity to save it for later!
I hope you give this pretty activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.