Integrating Shapes and Sensory into Art: A Sunflower Craft



I’m a big believer in using examples from real life when teaching Parker.  I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of our everyday objects to use in Parker’s speech therapy.  I love using pictures of the real deals when introducing word walls at the beginning of a new book or unit.

So why not use actual objects when creating art activities?

The more senses a project incorporates, the more interested Parker is, and the better he retains the objectives.

True story.

It started with a sunflower that we grow along our stream line.  I cut one of the smaller ones, and brought it into the house.  I removed the small yellow bits covering the sunflower seeds, exposing the black seeds.  (The flower also had yellow petals, but Parker made short work of those.)   I gave Parker time to explore the flower and really get a feel for the different textures it provided.  Parker was in heaven.


I cut triangles, ovals and rectangles and circles, breaking down the task into shapes Parker recognizes and is familiar with.  Looking back, I wish I would have used textured materials to create these shapes with.


These little hands are exact replicas of mine.  Oh, how I love these two little hands.


Such concentration!  Notice the vest Parker is wearing?  We couldn’t get a good fit with a weighted vest, so we moved to a vest that gives sensory ‘hugs’.  Best idea ever.


Dropping the seeds we harvested from the Sunflower during our discovery time.


The finished product!


This activity was such a success that I’ve got several more ideas on the back burner.  Acorn art using corrugated paper.  Pinecone art using clean wood chips.

What art projects are you doing with your kids?  Share your ideas below!


PS:  Are you following Parker on Facebook and Pinterest?


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