Drawing Sunflowers

This month has been fun exploring art and discovering different ways to do art. We have loved each style so far. We have also had fun learning a little bit about the countries the art pieces came from. Mother Goose Time sent an inflatable globe in their curriculum box this month that we use every time we talk about a new place. My girls love to find where we live and travel with their finger across the globe to where the artists’ paintings were created. This week we traveled to the Netherlands. We learned how to say “yes” and “no” in Dutch. We also studied works by Vincent van Gough, including his painting called “Sunflowers”.

Our first activity we did was our craft. We made sunflowers out of paper and craft sticks. My girls were very excited that they got to choose how many sunflower seeds they glued to their flower. When we were finished, we went outside and pretended to plant the sunflower. We pretended to water it and take care of it. Each day since we made this craft, they have gone outside to check on their sunflower and pretend to water it. Unfortunately, it is getting very hot, so we are only able to stay outside for short amounts of time.

Next, we imagined what a beautiful flower garden would look like and used play flowers to create this garden. The girls each wanted to do their own garden. When they finished, one of them said, “If we combine our gardens we can make a huge garden!” So they did!

Then the girls arranged circle sunflowers with letters on them in alphabetical order for a game. Since my girls already know their letters pretty well, I made the game a little more challenging. I gave each of them a word. They had to tell me what sound they hear at the beginning of the word. Then, they had to say what letter that was that makes that sound. There are many ways to play this game with children on all different levels. It can be simplified by simply asking them to put a seed on the letters they know. And it can be made even more challenging by asking them to put a seed on the letters that spell the word “cat”. The last step is having the child place a seed on that letter. At the end of the game, we compared sunflowers to see which one had the most seeds. We played until almost all the sunflowers were covered by seeds.

The last activity we did was a pattern activity. The girls helped me rip up pieces of scrap paper that we could use to make patterns. We used the pattern guide to help us. Then, we extended the patterns. We also made up our own patterns.

We have been having a lot of fun this week and we are excited to continue to learn about art in the Netherlands and Spain this week.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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