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Celebrating Dandelions

Posted by: Rhonda May 27, 2014

Can you think of a more sustainable play material than the super-abundant dandelion? Every summer, despite mowing attempts, this resilient weed seems to cover our lawns. Highly inviting as loose parts for play, kids find endless uses for them—from garnishing mud kitchen soup to decorating fairy gardens.

This week we enjoyed making garlands with the beautiful yellow blooms. Their long stems make it easy:

  • Cut a thick string (or a willow branch) long enough to fit around the child’s head.
  • Tie the end of a spool of thread to one end of this base string.
  • Lay one flower along the base string and wind thread tightly 2 or 3 times around the stem as close to the flower as you can.
  • Lay a second flower right against the first and wind as before. Continue winding flowers all along the base string until it’s the right size for the child’s head.
  • To finish the garland, overlap the ends and wind securely together with the string.