Life Cycle of a Sunflower Printable

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This life cycle of a sunflower printable is perfect for assembling a lapbook that will fit right into your summer science lessons.

With these free homeschool printables, kids can learn about the life cycle of a sunflower and the vocabulary associated with how a sunflower grows.

Add these to your spring, summer, or fall life cycle activities for kids.

Life Cycle of a Sunflower Printable

I love using lapbooks with my younger children. I find them to be a great way to have children record what they learn in a fun keepsake-style activity.

I have boxes in my basement full of my kids’ old lapbooks. I love looking back on them at the end of the year and reviewing what we learned.

What You’ll Need to Complete the Activity

Assembling the Lapbook

Open the file folder. Fold each side in half so that the edges meet in the center of the folder.

Color and cut out the cover pieces – the “my sunflower…” sign, the mini life cycle diagram, and the picture of the sunflower. Glue them to the lapbook cover. You can model the cover in the pictures here, or you can have your kids glue them wherever they’d like.

Now, open the lapbook. On the left-hand flap, we’ll glue the labeling circles. Cut out each circle (don’t cut off the blank label area on top) with the pictures of each step of the life cycle. Label and glue the circle in the correct order down the flap.

On the center flap, let’s work from top to bottom. First, cut out the bar labeled Stage 1-4 (keep it as one piece), and glue it to the top of the center section.

Then, color and cut out the four sequencing boxes and glue them in the right spot on the bar.

Next, color and cut out the life cycle accordion booklet. Fold on the dashed lines to create an accordion book. Glue the bottom flap to the center section of the lapbook.

Finally, cut out the blank life cycle square and glue it at the bottom of the center section. When it dries, have your child draw the life cycle steps in each of the circles in the correct order.

Now, let’s finish the lapbook with the activities meant for the right flap. At the top, you’ll add the tracing words flap book. Color the images and trace the words on each box.

Cut out the boxes, and glue them together in the correct order using the top line as a guide for the glue. Glue the box at the top of the flap, and have your child read it to you.

Finally, cut out the “vocabulary words” box. Cut the lines with the word “cut” beside them. Fold on the dotted lines, and glue the flaps to the lapbook. Cut out the vocabulary words and put the in the pocket you just created.

Books About Sunflowers

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)Nature Stories: Little Sunflower: Padded Board Book


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.


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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