Dandelions: Day 3 Kids and Dandelions

Here is Kyra wearing my daisy chain. I think it looks better on Kyra than it did on Missy.

Kyra wearing daisy chain

    

Kyra and her brother and older sister wanted to learn how to make dandelion chains. We found some dandelions growing in their yard.

Joseph starts a daisy chain      Brittany helps Kyra     Kyra did it!

Joseph went right to work. Brittany had to help Kyra at first. Then Kyra was able to do it by herself.

Kyra’s trick

Kyra had a trick of her own. She made a wish and blew the dandelion seeds everywhere!

Making Curly-Qs       Making Curly-Qs

We made some curly-Qs out of the stems.

Kyra holding Curly-Q

What fun! Karla is looking at a curly-Q that she pulled out of the water. (Sorry, it is on the other side of her hand and you can’t see it.) Don’t you like her pretty dandelion chain bracelet?

I hope some of our visitors to my blog site will try to make some dandelion chains and curly-Qs. If you do, tell me about it, and send me some pictures.

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Dandelions: Day 3 How to make a dandelion chain

At last! Today the dandelions were open when I didn’t have to be in school. Here are some dandelions I could pick, but I waited for the bee to fly away first. (Bees are my friends. They help vegetables grow.)

Dandelions and Honeybee

Here is how to make a dandelion chain:

  Dandelion      Split the stem      Thread the stems

Pick a flower. Use your thumbnail to cut a slit in the stem. Thread another dandelion stem through the slit you made.

Daisy Chain
OK, now where can I find someone to wear my daisy chain so I can take a real picture?  Maybe Missy will like it…
Missy Wearing Dandelions 
Smile Missy!
Somehow I don’t think Missy liked them all that much. I’m going to find some other kids to play with.

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Tornado!

One day when I was in the first grade my teacher told us to be careful going home and to let our parents know there were tornado warnings out. I had never heard of a tornado, so I didn’t understand what she was saying. I thought she was talking about a tomato–a big tomato. So I was watching everywhere that evening for a gigantic tomato to drop out of the sky, until I told my mom. Then she explained to me what a tornado was.

The tomato was funny, but real tornadoes are not funny. I am thinking about my friends near Florence, SC tonight.  Some really bad tornadoes went through their neighborhood this evening. Their father was really smart and built them a storm shelter when they moved into their trailer. They called me just after the tornado passed over their home and shelter. They heard a lot of hail, then a really loud noise. The tornado pulled a lot of shingles off the roof of their shelter while they were in it. It rolled another house trailer upside down that was right across the street from them. I’m glad my friends were OK, but I feel sad for all the other people who had their homes and yards messed up. I hope they will be able to sleep tonight. I know that was really scary. Please pray for Jessica and Hannah and their mom and dad and all their neighbors tonight.

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Dandelions – Day 2

img_3148-missy-dandelions2I was so disappointed when I went outside this morning to go to school. I couldn’t see any yellow dandelions – only fluffy seed on top of stems where the flowers used to be. And I knew there were lots of dandelions around only a day or two ago. Here is my dog Missy standing behind a clump of dandelions with seed heads sticking out.

I can’t make a pretty dandelion chain with only seed heads, but I could still make the curly-Qs, because they are made using only the stems. You need only your fingernails and a cup or jar of water. An empty mayonaise jar is perfect, but any kind of container will work. Cut several dandelion stems with either flower or seed heads on them. Then cut the stems into pieces about three or four inches long. Using your fingernails split the stem on one end into several strips so it looks something like a palm tree. Then repeat the process on the other end of the stem. The more strips on each end of the stem, the more curl you will get.

Drop your split stems into the water cup or jar and watch the strips curl up. Use them for decorations or just have fun watching them curl up.  Here are some pictures of how they look.

 Dandelion stems           curli-Qs in water         Completed Curli-Qs

 As I was picking the dandelion stems I noticed that there were dandelion flowers that were not opened. I think maybe they open in only the warmest and/or sunniest  part of the day and then close back up until late morning the next day.

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Dandelions

Dandelions by Pauline Ducker copyright 1999

I’ve been looking at all the dandelions in the yard. They are fun to play with, but don’t put your fingers in your mouth when you do. Dandelion milk tastes terrible! Tomorrow I’m going to pick a handful and make a necklace and some curly-Qs. When I do I will take some pictures and put them here.

Did you know you could put a dandelion under someone’s chin to see if they like butter? If their chin glows yellow that means they like butter – at least that’s what I heard.

Here is a poem I wrote about dandelions once. My mother painted the picture.

Dandelions 
Poem copyright © 2005 by Janice Green

A dandelion beneath the chin
Will tell if you like butter.
Several flowers can make a chain;
Blow the seeds and watch them flutter.

Watercolor copyright © 1999 by Pauline Ducker

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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A cool place to sit

I like living on a farm.  I like fields and I like fences with birds sitting on them.  I like blowing the seeds from a milkweed pod and watching them fly through the air, and I like to feel the little white fish that is left in my hands after the seeds are blown away.  It isn’t really a fish, but it looks and feels like one.

My older brother and his friend have a clubhouse in the wheat field. They found a patch of tall weeds and mashed down the weeds in the middle of the patch.  They didn’t mash down the ones on the outside edges of the patch because they were the walls of the hideout. When I asked to play in it they said no girls or little kids allowed. So I found another patch of weeds to make a hideout.  My younger brothers and sisters helped. It was fun for a while, but I really have a better place that is my own secret place.

My favorite place is up in a large apple tree in the orchard. We have a cherry tree that is good for climbing, but it is in the middle of the font yard. It’s everybody’s tree. I like climbing up my apple tree better. Then I scoot out on one of the limbs. From my tree I can peek out between the branches and see across the field. I like to sit there and just think about anything I want. 

I can hear if Mama calls, and I can climb down to see what she wants. But nobody bothers me in my secret place. I like to listen to the birds and other sounds around. Once I found a worm that looked like a stick.  At first I thought it was a brown stick growing on a branch. But something didn’t look quite right.  So I touched it, and sure enough it was soft.  I pulled it loose and watched to see what it would do. 

It crawled like a little green inchworm. First the front part stretched out and then crawled as far as it could. Then the front part clinged to the tree while the back part lifted and crawled up to meet the front. The long skinny middle part stuck up like a loop in the air until the front part stretched away again. I liked to watch it crawl around.

Sometimes I just study the leaves. I take one and pick out all the green part leaving only the thick veins. I can always find something to look at or think about when I’m in my favorite tree.

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Answered Prayer

God really does answer prayer! I didn’t always know it though. I just heard about it in Sunday school. I like to go to church and to Sunday school. It is fun to color and listen to the Bible stories. And I like Pastor Hill. I like to stand with him when he shakes everyone’s hand after the service. He rests his hand on my shoulder like I’m supposed to be there – as if I were his daughter.  He really is nice.

But back to what I started to tell you. On Sunday morning when my family was getting ready to go to church I couldn’t find my shoes. I looked in every room in the house and under my bed. Then I remembered taking them off when I was hoeing the weeds in the field behind the barn, so I ran outside to the field to look. Everyone else in my family was almost ready to leave, and I didn’t want to have to stay home.

I ran up and down one row after another until I thought I had looked everywhere.  I was about to cry when I remembered what I had been taught in Sunday school.  I wondered if God would really hear me.  I wondered if he would really help me find my shoes.  So I stopped running and prayed.  I prayed something like “God, if you really answer people’s prayers, please help me find my shoes.  I want to go to church this morning. Amen.”

Then I started to look again with new hope, but not for long.  All I had to do was to turn around, because there they were on the ground in plain sight between a couple of green bean plants like they were just waiting for me to find them. What joy!  Thank you Jesus!  You really do answer prayers!

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