children's garden we have a most magnificent sunflower! It stretches toward the sky and is heaven for about 5 bumblebees at any given time.
After reading, Camille and the Sunflowers, A story about Vincent van Gogh by Laurence Anholt we spent an afternoon painting our sunflower. I set the easel up in the garden, gave each child a canvas and some paints and told them to paint the sunflower however they saw fit.
I think that the results were darling- including the bees.
P.S. I want to note that I have found that the children respond the most favorably to creating when they have quality art supplies. I don't really buy "children's" paints anymore. Rather, I've found that it's not too much more expensive to buy artists paint at Michael's (especially if I use a coupon). The results are worth it!