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SCRIPTURE: Psalm 27:4
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life.
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek God in God's temple.” NRSV
bouquets of sunflowers available in the classroom.
Have packets of edible sunflower seeds available to eat.
pictures up on bulletin board.
dwarf sunflowers and have them potted ready to distribute.
book, Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt.
camera ready to take digital pictures for web site or
SING: The Wonders
of God are all around
open your eyes and see.
For music score click here.
we're looking at God’s sunflowers.
What does the
word ‘sunflowers’ bring to your mind?
List on white board or chart paper.
What do you know
The sunflower is
not one flower, but a cluster of more than
2000 tiny flowers growing
It can produce
up to 1000 seeds.
originated in North America and were
introduced into Europe in the
It is suggested
that sunflowers are about 3,000 years old?
found proof in North American clay.
The head can be
as big as 2 feet across.
The largest head
was found in Canada at 32 ½ inches across.
The plant can
grow as tall as 18 feet.
plant was in the Netherlands at 25 and ½ feet tall.
There are 67
species of sunflowers growing in USA, Europe,
The French word
for sunflower is Tournesol which means
‘turn with the sun”
Kansas has the
sunflower as their state flower?
INTRODUCING THE STORY:
The sunflower is
one of nature’s most beautiful works of art.
An artist who
loved sunflowers and painted them was
Vincent Van Gogh.
He copied them
as he saw them. He didn’t paint them perfect.
He painted them as they were.
God gives some
people the gift of seeing beautiful things and
painting them, A
long time ago this gift was not looked upon
as being important
as you will see in our story.
Camille and the Sunflowers
by Laurence Anholt
ISBN 08 1
Eating sunflower seeds while
listening is a treat.
Today we accept
the gifts, the talents
that people have.
It’s OK to enjoy
painting. It’s OK to make a living by painting.
There is much
joy in painting.
I would like you
to experience this joy.
Look at the
sunflowers brought for you to see.
Let’s paint a
sunflower, or two or three at the easel or table.
with paper or tables covered with plastic.
Shower curtain liners make good covers.
Paint in cups and brushes one per cup so colors don’t
Paint shirts ready. Use old T-shirts that go over the
and cover the child’s body.
These can be
washed after each painting session and
kept for future sessions.
SUGGESTION: Take digital
pictures to put on your web site or newsletter.
Sending these pictures to the parents with an explanation
of why you a doing a Wonders of God session is a means
of teaching the parents.
DIVISION: Divide the
group by older and young students.
Depending on the size of the presentation room the younger
students may go to a different part of the room or a different
room and be guided by a teacher or teenage helper. They will
need help putting on their paint shirts and seeing their name
is on the paper.
Help them enjoy painting.
If the younger
ones move to a different room for painting,
take care that it has
sunflowers in it as well as sunflower pictures.
CLOSING: Have a time for
sharing each person’s art. Because the masterpieces may be ‘wet’,
call attention to each one around the room. And don’t forget the
younger ones. Encourage the older students to support the work of
the younger ones.
With older students ask:
Are they called sunflowers because the flower head looks like the
sun or because it follows the sun across the sky, looking east in
the morning and ending the day facing the setting sun in the west?
THINK ABOUT THIS: I
think the color of the sunflower glorifies
God all throughout the day.
How do we glorify
God all during the day?
STATEMENT: God has
created such a beautiful flower.
What can we say
when we see something beautiful as a sunflower?
Thank You, God!
PRAYER: End with a
prayer thanking God for sunflowers and all
God’s beautiful creations.
EXTRA INFORMATION AND SUGGESTIONS
MORE FACTS: Scientific
name for sunflower – helianthus
sun: hellos flower: anthos
Soviet Union grows most sunflowers.
Sunflowers were used by Indians for food and oil.
We use sunflowers for oil, birdseed and for snacking.
Sunflowers have lots of calcium and 11 other important minerals.
They have 50% fat, BUT mostly polyunsaturated.
Has linoleic acid.
SUGGESTION: Use the
Internet to bring up www.burpee.com where you
various varieties of sunflowers.
Google ‘Van Gogh Sunflowers’ and various pictures will
come up on the ‘Google’ page, plus many web sites
will be listed that will have pictures as well as information
about Van Gogh if you are interested.
SUGGESTION: If painting
is not feasible sunflowers can be created with:
markers and paper petals using
orange colored papers.
dab with stencil brushes dipped
in paint for middle of
scrap paper for leaves
Have scissors and other tools
ready for this activity.
God’s glory, the sunflower is like a/the
SONG for young students:
For music score click here.
AN ADVANCED WONDER OF GOD
for older students:
Sunflowers and the Fibonacci spiral.
The Fibonacci sequence, 0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144
to infinity, is determined by starting
with zero and 1. Add these
together and continue by adding the previous two together.
i.e. 0+1= 1, 1+1=2, 2+1=3, 3+2=5, 5+3=8.
If one counts the number of seeds in one spiral of the sunflower
number will fall within the Fibonacci sequence. Likewise, the other
spirals will fall within the Fibonacci sequence. This is
Fibonacci spiral. This is truly a Wonder of God.
Google ‘Sunflowers and the Fibonacci sequence’ to find additional
information to help explain this very advanced wonder.