Van Gogh is one of my favourite artists and I find his work both colouful and bold. He loved painting sunflowers and did a range of different still life paintings featuring these colourful flowers.
I want to start encouraging children to enjoy, explore and form an opinion about art. As it is Autumn (Fall) here in the northern hemisphere I decided that using some leaves would be a great starting point for making some Van Gogh inspired sunflower art!
Creating your Van Gogh Sunflowers
Collect some different coloured leaves, look for different colours and textures. You can also include sticks, acorns or stones as part of your artwork. Once you have gathered these together, try setting out the leaves to make different sunflower shapes. As you can see we used some stones to keep some of our flowers from being blown away in the wind.
We also made a larger sunflower and left that to the elements. It was interesting to go back the next day and see that our larger flower was gone and only part of the smaller flower remained.
Why not try making more artwork made with leaves, flowers and berries? Or add some twigs, sticks or pebbles for more textures and patterns. Just remember to check that the natural materials you use are safe to touch and always wash your hands after handling them as well.
It’s time again for another fantastic month of alphabet fun with the 31 Days of ABC! All this month you can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet.
I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their ideas with us in the coming days. So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October!
Find more great resources in our series from past years: 31 Days of ABCs 2013, 2014, and 2016!
Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!
31 Days of ABC
Teaching the ABCs – October 1
All Done Monkey: Early Literacy – Getting Started Teaching the Alphabet
A – October 2
Creative World of Varya: A Is for Aromatherapy for Kids
B – October 3
Hispanic Mama: B Is For Bilingual Baby Books
C – October 4
Witty Hoots: C Is for Cool Fingerprint Castle Keyrings Tutorial
D – October 5
Teach Me Mommy: D Is for Dinosaurs DIY Sensory Bin
E – October 6
E Is for Environmental Print to Develop Literacy
F – October 7
Look! We’re Learning! F Is for Printable Farm Paper Bag Puppets
G – October 8
All Done Monkey: G Is for Go
H – October 9
All Done Monkey: H Is for Hello/Hola
I – October 10
Jeddah Mom: I Is for Ice Cream Craft and Sorting Activity
J – October 11
All Done Monkey: J is for Jirafa (Giraffe) – Spanish Coloring Page
K – October 12
Pennies of Time: K Is for Kindness
L – October 13
Schooling Active Monkeys: L Is for Lion Craft
M – October 14
Sugar, Spice & Glitter: M Is for Madeline Craft
N – October 15
All Done Monkey: N Is for Nature Crafts
O – October 16
Kitchen Counter Chronicles: O Is for Owl Bookmark Printable
P – October 17
Creative World of Varya: P Is for Phonological Awareness in Toddlers
Q – October 18
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: Q Is for Quito’s Middle of the World Monument Kids Craft
R – October 19
JDaniel4’sMom: R Is for Decorating Robots in Sensory Bags
S – October 20
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: S Is for Spanish Resources for Kids
T – October 21
Sand In My Toes: T Is for DIY Truck Puzzle
U – October 22
The Educators’ Spin On it: U Is for Unicorn
V – October 23
CrArty: V Is for Van Gogh
W – October 24
My Story Time Corner: W Is for Wheels on the Bus Story Study for Toddlers
X – October 25
In the Playroom: X Marks the Spot – Word and Letter Treasure Hunt
Y – October 26
Teach Me Mommy: Y Is for Yarn Letters
Z – October 27
Bambini Travel: Z Is for Zoo Animals
123’s – October 28
Creative World of Varya: Montessori Inspired Printable
Prewriting – October 29
Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30
Witty Hoots: Top 5 List
Printables – October 31
Royal Baloo and Logi-Bear Too