Kids Crafts: Sunflower Thank You Cards

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What isn’t there to love about Sunflowers? What better motif for Fingerprint Thank You Cards! This year we decided to take part in Nurture Store’s Sunflower Challenge, which is also linked to raising funds and awareness for the Compton Hospice. And to celebrate the challenge coming to an end at the end of the month, Nurture Store has challenged us to a sunflower craft! Hooray!

I was a little “annoyed” with myself for missing the opportunity to make our Sunshine Flag into a Sunflower Flag… But I didn’t think of it that day. Hey ho. Instead… we made some lovely Sunflower Thank You Cards using our fingerprints (we seemed to be forever saying thank you to people – this time it is Granny and Grandpa again for all their babysitting at the weekend). They were quick. Easy and hopefully “lovely”.

The Book

Camille and the Sunflowers (Anholt's Artists)Well.. one book springs to mind straight away Camille and the Sunflowers, Laurence Anholt... this is the story of Vincent van Gogh through the eyes of a young postman’s son Camille (himself a subject of van Gogh’s paintings) It is indeed a little sad, as van Gogh life itself was one of non-acceptance and only late recognition. But it is beautifully told – bringing to life van Gogh’s paintings, as well as teaching your children about “being different”.

The Craft

Like I said: quick and easy, as we were “late” with out inspirational craft. But I love the result and I know Granny will to: Fingerprint Sunflower Cards!! Materials: Card stock (or paper folded), yellow paint, black or brown paint, green pen. Fingers.

1. Mmh, oh, so you can’t see much on this photo.. but Red Ted is basically putting some yellow blobs on the card. Followed by black little blobs…

fingerpint sunflowers

2. Then I let him do what he wanted… a big “messy” picture for Grandpa…

sunflower thumbprint cards

3. Add the stems and leaves. And FINISHED.

And here is our sunflower – I am pretty certain it isn’t the tallest, so will not win, however, it was the first to bloom! We have more in the backgarden, that are as tall as me – but they are from a different batch of seeds!

sunflower

On the 27th June it is 125cm (49.5″) tall – including petals it is 130cm, but they are starting to wilt… Our “other one” is a whopping 170cm. I am impressed.

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