Dandelion Fun!

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~A.A. Milne

We have lots of dandelions right now, so I figured we might as well enjoy them!  We were going to try to make yellow paint with them, but it wasn't very dark.  And Jaycee lost interest before we were able to use the flowers as paintbrushes.  So, if we do finally get a chance, I'll show you guys pictures.  We pressed some between wax paper.  We'll see how those turned out in a couple days.  Below, there is a poem, links to kids' coloring pages, a link to a kids' online puzzle and a link for a "how-to" to roast dandelion roots!   And pictures of Jaycee gathering dandelions for our projects.

Dandelions by Frances E.W. Harper

Welcome children of the Spring,
In your garbs of green and gold,
Lifting up your sun-crowned heads
On the verdant plain and wold.

As a bright and joyous troop
From the breast of earth ye came
Fair and lovely are your cheeks,
With sun-kisses all aflame.

In the dusty streets and lanes,
Where the lowly children play,
There as gentle friends ye smile,
Making brighter life's highway

Dewdrops and the morning sun,
Weave your garments fair and bright,
And we welcome you to-day
As the children of the light.

                                                                 Children of the earth and sun.
We are slow to understand
All the richness of the gifts
Flowing from our Father's hand.

Were our vision clearer far,
In this sin-dimmed world of ours,
Would we not more thankful be
For the love that sends us flowers?

Welcome, early visitants,
With your sun-crowned golden hair,
With your message to our hearts
Of our Father's loving care.

Here's an article about roasting dandelion roots:
                                                          "How to Roast Dandelion Roots"

And check out Trisha at *Roundabout*.  She and her kids made Dandelion Honey this weekend!!

Here are some dandelion printables for kids:

And an online dandelion puzzle:


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