Whilst we’re sure that children of all ages would enjoy this easy craft for kids, it’s particularly great for preschoolers and young children. The tracing and cutting helps to develop fine motor skills and the different textures make it a really tactile activity. Children can also use the layering of the petals to explore depth and color, as the shades change when they overlap.
Tissue Paper ( Green, Orange, Brown, Yellow)
Start by carefully cutting out the different sunflower elements from the template.
Trace the shape of the large circle onto cardboard and cut that out too. Then paint it black – this will make the center of your sunflower.
Use the petal templates to cut lots of bright orange and yellow tissue paper petals. Then use your other templates to cut a stem and leaf from the green tissue paper.
Place the sunflower center just above the middle of your white cardstock and trace around it in pencil. This is going to help you know where to stick everything once you start assembling the sunflower.
First, stick down your stem – it should grow from the bottom of the page up to roughly the middle of your sunflower center.
Now it’s time to start creating the flower! Using the pencil circle you drew as a guide, stick on a layer of large orange petals all around the outside. Then stick a layer of smaller yellow petals in the gaps between the first.
That already makes a gorgeous flower, but we’re going to keep layering those petals of orange and yellow until we have a huge flower in full bloom.
Once all of your petal layers are in place, stick the black cardboard middle firmly into the center.
Now we’re going to create that familiar sunflower center texture, by screwing up lots of little pieces of brown tissue paper and sticking them onto the black middle. Don’t they look just like little seeds?
Your sunny 3D sunflower is now complete, beautiful!
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