Mud & Potion Play May: Dandelion Play
At this time of year, wildflowers are beginning to bloom, one of the best of which has to be the dandelion. It is a sign that the soil is warming up and spring has arrived. So enjoy some playful explorations for all ages.
Many children do not know about the life cycle of the dandelion. Take a photo once or twice a day of a dandelion and let the children observe the change that takes place. Once the dandelions have gone to seed, then you can work out the time by blowing the seeds off the dandelion. Each blow represents one “o’clock” How accurate is a dandelion clock?
Making a dandelion chain is easier than a daisy chain.
Use the stem of a dandelion for dipping in bubble mix before blowing. You can always use the heads for other things – such as dipping in paint and printing.
Use dandelions to create a beautiful artwork or incorporate in potion play.
Make dandelion playdough.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tarter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 10-15 dandelion flowers with petals pulled out
- Take your dandelion heads and put them into a cup of boiling water. Stir with a fork.
- In a mixing bowl add your other ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.
- Once your water and dandelions have cooled add these to your mixture and stir.
- If the mixture is cool enough knead. If the dough still feels sticky add some more flour.