The sunflower is a fascinating flower with a rich history and practical uses. Native Americans have been cultivating sunflowers for thousands of years, and today, we continue to use them for food, medicine, and industrial applications.

Teachers can use sunflowers to teach their students about Native American history & culture, food and agricultural science. Whether as a symbol of appreciation or a source of nutrition, the sunflower is a flower that deserves our admiration.

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Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time:1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colouring pencils

This activity will allow students to learn about the historical and current uses of the sunflower and their significance in Native American diets and culture.

It will help your child or student with:

  1. Cultural Understanding: Learning about the use of sunflowers in Native American cultures provides students with a deeper understanding of the traditions and customs of different cultures.
  2. Science Education: Students can learn and explore the chemical properties of sunflowers and the scientific principles behind their practical uses.
  3. Symbolism and Artistic Expression: The sunflower has long been associated with positivity and joy, making it a popular subject in art and literature. Students can explore the symbolism of the sunflower and create their own works of art inspired by the flower.

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How to Get Started

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and learn more about the sunflower, its ancient history (and linkages with Native American culture) and how they are currently being used today. Here's a fun introduction video about sunflowers:

Here's an interesting document which lists down some traditional uses of sunflowers among Native American people. Click here

Here's a video about how a farmer in New Zealand gets creative about using and consuming sunflowers:

  • Get started on the printable worksheet!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable activity pack consists of 3 creative printable worksheets. Here's what it consists of:

  • 1 Sunflower Current Use List Sheet
  • 1 Sunflower Traditional Native American Use List Sheet
  • 1 Sunflower Design and Colouring Sheet

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