Friday, April 30, 2010

Cheap Thrills -- Inspired by Dandelions

For a fun time, have your kids collect dandelion seeds from the yard or park. This may sound easy in theory, but if your kids are like mine, they may get a bit distracted on their quest for seeds.

No, no, we're not blowing the seeds all over the ya--- Oops! Too late!!

That? That's an acorn cap, sweetie. No, no, we're looking for dandelion seeds... Keep looking!

Ah HA!! That's the ticket!

Next, draw some lines for stems on a piece of construction paper.

Apply some glue with a paint brush.

Sprinkle dandelion seeds on top of the glue! Fun, fun, fun!

Allow to dry....

Are we having fun yet??

Oh, yes, I think so!!!

24 comments:

Mark said...

Dear Valerie,

My grass!!

Love,
Mark

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Mark -- O:-)

Cheryl said...

That is the best use for dandelion seeds I've seen so far. So long as they don't give them away as seed mats!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Who decided dandelions were weeds anyway? They have so much potential for crafts, fashion, decoration, and food - okay, I'm on the fence about the food - but still! If you look at them in the right light, they're even kind of pretty. And, planting them is child's play! :)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ An Almost Unschooling Mom -- You're right, as far as weeds go, they really are a lot of fun! I used to love making bouquets with them when I was little, now the girls do the same. :-) Not sure about eating them, but I hear they taste great fried..???

Raising a Happy Child said...

What a wonderful idea - those dandelion collages look great. That last shot of Clara is so cute!

EntertainingMom said...

Valerie, Dandelion greens are often found in pre-mixed salads... they have a slightly mustardy taste. I love this craft!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Raising a Happy Child -- Thank you!!

@ Entertaining Mom -- With a vinaigrette dressing, they are pretty good! I've never eaten the flowers though... I don't think I'm that brave!

Christy said...

Very cute.

The Activity Mom said...

I love that! So fun! We need to get outside and try it!

Ivy/Anna said...

Love your pictures and the commentary. I'm not sure my kids could pick those puffy white dandelions without blowing on them.

Sew Impatient said...

great idea :)
I used to love dandelions, we used to blow the seeds all over our mean neighbors lawn. did I just admit that? yes I did :)

Mama King said...

Sweet ans simple! Just what we could use right now. Thanks. Plus the girls love hunting for "poofy heads."

Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

Your blog is such a gem valerie:)

Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness- You picked the most beautiful bright colored paper to make this craft even more amazing!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Ivy/Anna -- Don't tell Mark, but I couldn't resist making wishes on a few of those dandelions myself! ;-)

@ Sew Impatient -- ROFL!!!

@ Mama King -- That's so funny! It seems everyone has nicknames for these, but "poofy heads" made my laugh out loud!!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Deborah -- Thank you so much! We love your blog too!! :-)

Lindsay said...

oo thanks! My son is obsessed with these guys! That might be why we have a yard full of them! He likes to spread the love around ;-)

Just Breathe said...

Definately too much fun !!

danita said...

valerie, you make me smile!

i saw somewhere else in the blog world where they used yellow dandelions as paintbrushes. fun!

Sherri said...

Darling! I love the idea! Thanks!

Ticia said...

You know seeing all of these great dandelion crafts these past few weeks has me regretting I haven't really seen any.

Kathryn said...

It is awesome that you incorporated the dandelions into a craft project. In addition to being fun, they are free and plentiful.

MaryAnne said...

This is a cute activity, and your girls look like they really enjoyed it!

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