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Help grow little gardeners in your kindergarten and be in to win!

The Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project is designed to grow little gardeners through nurturing and caring for their own sunflowers. The 2017 project saw more than 220 kindergartens and 11,700 kindergarten children nationwide grow their gardening knowledge and skills while attempting to grow the tallest sunflower or widest sunflower head.

The tallest sunflower ever grown in the project’s history came in at a whopping 3.20m (which is about half the height of an average Giraffe!).

At the heart of the project lies Daltons' goal to spark children’s interest and love of gardening, and empower them to develop gardening skills for life. This year there are 11 kindergarten associations* taking part around the country, all aiming to grow the tallest sunflower or widest sunflower face within their region.

Meadowbank Kindy Sunflowers

What you need to know

Register your kindergarten online before FRIDAY 5th JULY to receive your free Daltons Starter Pack with everything your kindergarten kids need to grow their own sunflower.

You will be competing with other kindergartens within your own Association’s region. This is because each has their own unique growing conditions.

Your starter pack will be delivered to your kindergarten and contains Daltons Premium Seed Mix, Daltons Premium Potting Mix, Kings Seeds SkyScraper Sunflower Seeds, peat pots, growing instructions, Daltons measuring tape, growth tracking charts, and more!

Regional winners will receive prizes from Daltons and The Warehouse, and all participating kindergartens will go into the draw to win a gardening workshop at their kindergarten with media personality and award-winning landscape designer Xanthe White!

Important Dates

  • REGISTER your kindergarten online between MONDAY 17th JUNE and FRIDAY 5th JULY 2019
  • Starter Packs shipped to kindergartens from MONDAY 29th JULY
  • Project officially starts MONDAY 19th AUGUST 2019
  • Submit final photos and measurements by TUESDAY 10th DECEMBER 2019


Regional Prizes

for each participating Regional Kindergarten Association*

Sunflower smiley face

The Tallest Sunflower
$150 Daltons garden voucher

$100 Warehouse Voucher


Sunflowers smiley face

The Widest Sunflower Head
$150 Daltons garden voucher

$100 Warehouse Voucher


National Prizes

Kindy Gardening Workshop
Each registered kindergarten goes into the draw to win a workshop with award-winner landscape designer and author, Xanthe White. The winning kindergarten could use the workshop as a great fundraiser by selling tickets to the workshop, if they wish.

Best Photo
Throughout the project send us your best sunflower photos and you could win a framed copy of the photo and a $100 Daltons voucher.


Daltons Best Little Gardener for each kindy.
It could be the child who showed an incredible passion for gardening, always remembered to water the plants or paid special attention to their sunflower, it’s up to you. Prize and certificate included in the starter pack. Download and print off participation certificates so every child gets a special memento.

What will children learn?

Children will learn to sow their own seeds, nurture and measure their plants daily and are provided opportunities for independence and participation as they take care of their plants.

Throughout the project, children are exposed to basic math concepts, measuring and recording of their plants growth each week. There are many opportunities for teachers to integrate aspects of the project into their learning curriculum, for example;

Science/Inquiry: Learning plant life cycles through the process of planting and growing the sunflower plants, discussions around the environment (impact of weather on plants) and interactions at mat time. Exploring the process of seed germination, plant photosynthesis and growth, and root development.

Maths: Number recognition, counting and becoming familiar with units of measurement through measuring and recording their plants.

Physical: Fine motor skills (sowing seeds), daily maintenance of the plants eg: watering each day and weekly measuring.

Literacy: Recording measurement, reading books and poems about sunflowers, writing about plants, talking about sunflowers within structured group time etc.

Art: Creating and drawing sunflowers and completing craft activities supplied with each newsletter.

Music: Songs about sunflowers and how they grow.

Teacher support
Each fortnight we will email newsletters to teachers full of information about sunflowers, learning sheets and fun activities to share with their kindy kids to spark their creativity and learning. These newsletters also contain information such as fortnightly care of plants and important dates and are well worth reading.

If you have any questions or need support, please email your query to:

Additional information and growing tips are provided in your starter pack – or can be downloaded here.
Please ensure you review the project terms and conditions.
* This project is only running in the 11 selected regions of New Zealand for 2019. For details on the participating kindergarten associations in each region please review the terms and conditions.

Fairfield Kindy Best Photo