These printable seed packets are perfect for storing your harvested sunflower seeds so you can grow more sunflowers in the spring – or use them as fundraising ideas for your school gardening club.
Printable seed packets for your school gardening club
Sunflower seed heads are packed with seeds, waiting to be harvested. You can use them for recipes, growing sunflowers next spring, or as a school-fundraiser.
How to harvest sunflower seeds
Harvesting your own seeds and using them the following year to grow more plants is a wonderful hands-on lesson in sustainability. Children have the opportunity to see directly the cycle of life and death of a plant, and the continuing, sustainable movement into next years’ garden.
Once the flower petals have faded, leave the seed heads to dry out for a while – you can cut them and hang them in a porch, or leave them on their stems in garden if the weather is dry.
Then gently rub of the papery top layer of the seed heads, and use your thumbs to brush out all the seeds into a container. You could get thousands from one garden alone.
Sunflower seeds are a good source of food for birds over the winter, so you might like to leave one of the full seeds heads out in the garden for them.
School fundraising ideas
You’ll end up with many more seeds than you need for your own garden, so why don’t you package them up and sell them as a fundraiser for your school garden?
Print the sunflower seed packets (from the Sunflower School curriculum kit) and add a spoonful of seeds in each envelope, and you’ll have plenty to sell to raise funds for charity or for your school garden equipment.
How to make your sunflower seed packets
Print as many sunflower seed packets as you need (from the Sunflower School printables pack) and cut them out.
Fold up your seed packets and use tape or glue to secure them.
You might like to use a craft knife to score along the fold lines.
There’s a space to write on the variety or sunflower, or the name of your class, school or community group.
Fill your envelopes with seeds and store until you need them to plant in the spring – or sell or give them away.
Sunflower School curriculum and printables
The Sunflower School curriculum matches a full programme of learning to the natural growing cycle of sunflowers.
It gives you six units of learning:
:: In the spring we’ll focus on planting and watching our plants grow.
:: In the summer we’ll learn about bees and pollination, and celebrate the gorgeous blooms through art.
:: In the late summer and early autumn we’ll turn our attention to harvesting, sustainability, and closing of the growing year.
Bonus sunflower printables
Our Sunflower School curriculum comes with 30 pages of bonus printables that you can use with your children to enrich their learning, including:
- My Sunflower Journal printable
- Lined, plain, and half-and-half journal pages
- Sunflower poems printable
- Sunflower sticker sheet
- Printable plant labels
- Sunflower counting mat
- Sunflower addition mat
- Sunflower subtraction mat
- Sunflower word mats
- Bee number cards
- Bee writing and scissor skills pages
- Garden Creatures page
- Honeycomb alphabet
- Printable seed packets