Life Cycle of a Sunflower

Are you looking for some sunflower activities to use with your preschoolers? This life cycle of a sunflower pack is just what you need!

These sunflower activities for preschoolers are sure to be loved by all. Kids will love reviewing the stages of a sunflower’s life cycle while they complete the three activities in this pack.

Add these free life cycle activities to your spring and summer preschool lessons.

And, if you’d like to teach an entire life cycle of a sunflower unit, be sure to check out this collection of life cycle of a sunflower worksheets.

Life Cycle of a Sunflower

Before you start using these sunflower life cycle worksheets, teach your preschool some fun facts about sunflowers.

You can use one or more of the books I’ve shared below, or you can just share these interesting tidbits:

• The stem of a sunflower can grow up to 10 feet tall and the flower head can grow to almost 12 inches wide.

• Sunflowers are very fast growing plants.

• Sunflower seeds can be eaten, turned into a peanut butter substitute, or added to bird seeds in your bird feeder.

Preparing the Activity

To use these worksheets with your preschoolers, all you’ve got to do is print them out. They are ready for use immediately. No prep work required!

However, you can make the activities reusable by laminating them and using velcro dots on the cut/paste pages.


There are three activities included in this activity pack. The first page is a life cycle of a sunflower mini-book.

I suggest printing this page on regular printer paper. Have students write the correct vocabulary word on the line in each box (seed, sprout, etc.)

You may need to write the vocabulary words on a note card or post it for kids to look at as they write the words.

Cut apart the pages and staple them to create a mini book, if you’d like.

Not only does this page reinforce vocabulary words associated with the life cycle of a sunflower, but it’s a great way to introduce or reinforce the sight words I, see, and a.


The next activity in this pack is a sequencing activity. One sheet is a numbered sequence mat. The other is a set of four sequence cards.

Print these two pages on regular printer paper. You can use colored printer paper if your kids don’t enjoy coloring.

Now, have your kids cut out the sequencing cards. This is a great way to let preschoolers strengthen their fine motor skills by using scissors to cut out the cards.

Glue the cards in the correct order on the sequencing mat.

If you’d like to make this activity reusable, you can laminate the cards and the mat. Add a velcro dot to each box and to the back of each card.


Finally, there is a one-page sequencing activity. Kids can color the life cycle pictures, or you can print the page on colored paper.

Have kids cut out the numbers at the bottom of the page. This is another opportunity for them to practice their scissor skills.

Or, you could build other fine motor muscles by letting them use a ½” circle punch to cut out the numbers.

Have them glue the numbers beside the appropriate image to sequence the life cycle of a sunflower.


Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about sunflowers. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

From Seed to Sunflower (Lifecycles)Camille and the Sunflowers (Anholt's Artists Books For Children)Little Sunflower


From Seed to Sunflower – This book follows the growth process from seed to full grown flower.

Camille and the Sunflowers – Camille meets the man with the yellow beard, and they become friends. This bearded man is a painter named Vincent van Gogh. The story, based on a true-life incident, is beautifully illustrated in full color by the author.

Little Sunflower – Have you ever wondered what happens to a seed when it is planted in the ground? Read along as a small seed grows up into a beautiful sunflower, meeting bees and learning a little about pollination on the way.

Round Out Your Unit with These Activities

Let your kids be artists! They’ll love painting their own sunflower! This is like a coloring page, but even better – the end result is a beautiful canvas painting!

This sunflower life cycle puzzle teaches the growth of a plant from seedling to full bloom. Multiple layers and puzzles within a single frame. Easy storage of all the pieces self encased in the puzzle itself.

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