One of my favorite things about teaching is providing "experiences" for young kids. During our first full week of school, I set up a sunflower table. We weren't planning a big sunflower unit, but simply exploring a bit. The kids have absolutely loved pulling seeds out of the dried sunflower head, using the magnifying glass, and learning a bit about these beautiful plants.
During Writer's Workshop, as I'm sure you can tell, one of the boys drew a picture of a sunflower field, a sunflower growing, the sun shining, and the farmers coming out to take care of the field. He even wrote some letters at the top, and when I asked him to read his work to me, he told me that it said sunflower.
Just like that, a few flowers and a couple of books have inspired one of our young authors. I always say that experiences are key to good writing, but it's important to remember that there are plenty of different ways to provide those experiences. A trip to my garden and a few books off the shelf inspired this little guy's work!