Our garden is full of dandelions and this is what we've been doing with them.
We made a "dandelion wishes" keyring with dandelion seeds,
and another keyring with more wild flowers.
We made a dandelions and other flowers pool.
We made dandelion prints in clay (this was inspired by a dandelion post at You're Not Lost, You're Here).
We painted a picture using dandelion flowers as paint brushes (this was inspired by a dandelion post at Simple Kids).
We've been reading dandelion poems and stories.
Bright coinage of the generous sun,
Down-flung, and scattered, one by one -
They star with gold the green plateau,
And light the landscape with their glow!
Andrew Downing [1838-1917]
The Dandelion Fairy
Here's the Dandelion's rhyme;
See my leaves with tooth-like edges;
Blow my clocks to tell the time;
See me flaunting by the hedges,
In the meadow, in the lane,
Gay and naughty in the garden;
Pull me up - I grow again,
Asking neither leave nor pardon.
Sillies, what are you about
With you spades and hoes of iron?
You can never drive me out -
Me, the dauntless Dandelion!
Cicely Mary Parker [1895-1973]
|THE LEGEND OF THE DANDELION|
Of course we've also been picking more dandelions.
We often pick dandelions to put in a vase indoors during the spring and summer, and for the first time we kept them in the vase until the flowers had changed to seed heads (this was inspired by a dandelion post at Almost Unschoolers). We didn't take any photographs of those dandelions but here's a time lapse video we found on YouTube.
Dandelions Indoors at Almost Unschoolers
Dandelion Flower Paintbrush Cards at Simple Kids
Dandelions at You're not Lost, You're Here
Fun with Dandelions! at Universal Preschool
Wildflowers-Dandelions at Handbook of Nature Study
Dandy Dandelions at In the Sparrow's Nest
Dandelion Crafts & Recipes at The Crafty Crow
What the Dandelions Gave Us at Full Circle
Celebrating Dandelions at Jan White Natural Play
O’ Dandelion Song at 5 Orange Potatoes
My Quest to make Dandelion Wine at Aprils Cooking and Lifestyle Show
Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion at Wikipedia
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