*Letter F > F
is for Flower
*Letter S > S is for Sunflower
*Letter Y > Y is for Yellow
Art Appreciation | Visual Arts > Van Gogh's Sunflowers
Vincent Van Gogh
Colors > Yellow
Crafts > DLTK's Sunflower Crafts
Holidays and Events >
*March 30th > Vincent Van Gogh's Birthday
*May > Flower Month
*Sept. > Flower Week [3rd
Nutrition > Sunflower
seeds or kernel > nutritious snack and oil
Plants > Flowers
A Celebration of Sunflowers!
* Let's introduce our children
to the art of Vincent Van Gogh in a way that will be memorable,
educational and fun!
Note: This activity is also appropriate
for other educational themes listed in the themes column.
* Even though sunflowers could
not flourish in the area where I lived I came to love them and tried
to paint the first one at 4 years of age. My mother saved it,
so I still have it. Why did I love sunflowers? Because
of the images of Van Gogh's sunflowers painting I looked at in
art books my parents showed to me!
Activity: Visit an Online
Gallery to View Van Gogh's Sunflowers and Meet Mr. Van Gogh
1. Visit the Online Gallery:
March 30th is Mr. Vincent Van Gogh's
birthday, so why not celebrate his sunflowers paintings and take our
children to this online
gallery to see them and also learn about sunflowers with other
activities. Click on a few of the thumbnail pictures to view a
larger image. Encourage discussion and as the children view
the images provide them with some basic information about Mr. Van
2. Meet Mr. Van Gogh:
* Discuss some basic information about Mr. Van Gogh and read Joy
Chiang's lesson plan for additional ideas to incorporate Mr. Van Gogh's
life and work in the activities. What is
important is to know that he left us with beautiful paintings to
enjoy and learn from:
* Famous artist and painter born in a beautiful
country called Holland, The Netherlands.
* Visual Arts / Art Appreciation: One of his favorite flowers
was the sunflower and he left us all the gift of a
collection of magnificent sunflower paintings. This type of
painting is called a still life. For information and further
activities on still life painting, visit this activity:
A Still Life.
Resource: Visit Joy Chiang's Van Gogh Lesson Plan
1. Joy Chiang, teacher at Tiger Tots Pre-Kindergarten in
Taipei, Taiwan has
shared her comprehensive lesson plan for Van Gogh here.
Please review and adapt to your needs.
Activity: Learning About Sunflowers
Now let us derive joy from learning the story of sunflowers, how
they are planted, how they grow, and their many useful uses. We will
use the color yellow in all it's splendor with these activities:
1. Read The Story of the Sunflower Coloring Book from the screen
and simplify it as you go along or print and display on a board.
2. Print those pages you think the children would like to
3. Have the children color, paint and decorate their sunflower
Arts and crafts activities >
1. Large Sunflower Posters:
Have the children observe
Mr. Van Gogh's sunflower paintings. Provide large pieces of paper (easel size, or tape
discarded paper together) yellow paints in different shades, greens
and other colors, brushes, sponges and allow them to do free style
painting to make their own sunflowers.
2. Draw, color and write: S is for Sunflower or Y is for
Print this drawing
and writing paper. Have children draw and color
sunflowers. Children can then practice writing letter F is for
Flower, S for Sunflower or letter Y for Yellow.
3. Coloring, writing and computer skills
Print a sunflower theme
coloring pages 1
Children Ages 2-4:
- Children can color or paint. Paste sunflower seeds in the
center of flower.
For older children learning to print:
- Print these writing
lines behind your choice of coloring page. Have children practice
writing letter S for sunflower or Y is for yellow. After
writing practice encourage children to color and decorate the
coloring Sunflowers (all ages) > Computer mouse skills and color
Crafts > Sunflower
Crafts at dltk-holidays.com
Make your selection of a wonderful sunflower craft.
Happy Birthday Mr. Van Gogh and thank you!
* Something to color or paint with
* white paper