Sunflower height chart

Sunflower Club: We have lift off!

growing sunflowers with children

I can’t tell you how excited we were to discover our baby seedlings have popped their heads above the soil. Big and Little were dancing!  The plantlets are tiny at the moment but we have high hopes, and to monitor their progress we have made a Sunflower Height Chart.

We started by drawing a leaf for each member of the family, colouring them in and writing our names on them.

sunflower project

Then, using a roll of paper stuck to the side of the fridge, we drew a tall, tall sunflower stalk. We all stood against it to measure how tall we are, and used our leaf to mark our height. This gave us lots of chat about big, small, medium and so on. And about how children grow taller but grown-ups do not.

how to make a sunflower height chart

sunflower height chart

And then it was the sunflowers’ turn. Big measured them with a ruler and discovered they were 4cm tall already.

measuring sunflowers

Over on the height chart we measured 4 cm up the stalk and coloured it in green. We’ll keep measuring and ‘growing’ our height chart stalk as the plants grow. Maybe the girls will grow over the Summer too. The children are especially excited about the sunflowers growing above their heads.  And as Daddy is 6’4” the little seedings have a lot to beat.

measuring on a sunflower height chart

This is part of our Sunflower Club project – and it’s never to late to join. There’s still plenty of time to get planting. And if you do and you blog about it, please link up with the MckLinky so we can all see how you’re getting on. Pop over for a look now to see themadhouse’s great idea for using eggshell planters.


  1. says

    That is so cute. We just planted sunflower seeds last week. My son is so excited to see them already sprouting.

  2. says

    Hurrah piccies of some of our seedlings on my blog too :) they seem to be very fast growers, i think mine will be be ready to plant out in another week or so!

  3. says

    Wow! When seedlings pop their heads out it’s always so exciting. We haven’t yet manage to plant our sunflowers, but our beans, peas, sweetpeas, leeks and tomatoes are all loving this warm wet weather!

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