The children enjoyed making these bright and colourful tissue paper sunflowers this morning and they certainly cheered us up on a cold, miserable Monday morning!
At pick up, one of the Mummys told me that they had just planted some sunflower seeds in their garden at home which reminds me I must plant ours if we are to see ours in bloom by the Summer!
I am pleased to report that we have had great success with this years sunflowers. They are currently standing tall and proud with a few reaching nearly 6 foot!
The children have loved them and they have sparked many conversations and lovely comments –
“Emily, I love your dandelions”
“It’s really big”
“It’s as tall as the house!”
They’ve attracted lots of minibeasts including some beautiful butterflies.
To extend the children’s interest and learning we have worked them in to our arts and crafts sessions too with lots of colouring, drawing, sticking and gluing.
I am now busy thinking what to plant next that will create the same level of interest!
Areas of Learning covered: Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Mathematics, Arts and Design.
When we said goodbye to our chickens earlier this year I was determined to use the space for something the children could still all enjoy and benefit from. In their place we now have two raised beds, one for growing fruit and vegetables, and one which I am creating a sensory garden in.
I have made a start on this by planting the last of my sunflower seeds that I have used in previous years, I hope the bright colour and eye-catching flowers will be popular with this years mindees.
Along the front of the bed I have planted some mint taken from a cutting elsehwhere in the garden and also some basil and some rosemary which hopefully the children will enjoy using their sense of smell to enjoy.
Next up, I would like to plant something called ‘Lambs ears’. I loved this plant as a child, it has incredibly soft leaves which I hope the children will enjoy with their sense of touch.
I also plan to plant some lavender that we like to use our playdough for a more sensory experience.
I am pleased to report that the sunflowers have started to grow already and I will keep you posted as to how it all progresses.