Judging from the excitement that these natural materials brought to our classroom provocations and discussions, I brought in three dried sunflower heads from some of the more massive ones I’d grown in my garden this summer. One flower grew to a mammoth twelve feet tall.
|The Mammoth 12 Foot Sunflower (far right)|
The children felt immediately compelled to investigate the flower heads with their hands and eyes, picking the sunflower seeds out of the heads and trying to crack them.
We'd just started reading The Worst/Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson and there was a passage about a member of the wild Herdman family encouraging a boy to enter a talent show and show off his special talent of cracking walnuts on his forehead...many, many walnuts. Of course, some of the boys couldn't resist trying to crack some sunflower seeds on their foreheads...just to see if this technique might work.