I was watching some bluebirds around the new bluebird nest we put up when I thought I saw our dandelions jumping up and down like popcorn in a hot pan. So I watched them for a few minutes and guess what it was. Some American Goldfinch birds were in the grass getting the seeds from the dandelions. They were so pretty and so fun to watch as they would jump from one spot in the grass to another.
I think Goldfinches are my favorite bird. They have bright yellow feathers with black wings and a black patch on their heads. The females aren’t quite as bright and don’t have the black cap. I wanted to get a picture of them in the dandelions, but I think I scared them away. So I went around the house with my camera to see if they were on the bird feeders. There were bunches of them there too. Here are a couple of pictures I took.
Here is Kyra wearing my daisy chain. I think it looks better on Kyra than it did on Missy.
Kyra and her brother and older sister wanted to learn how to make dandelion chains. We found some dandelions growing in their yard.
Joseph went right to work. Brittany had to help Kyra at first. Then Kyra was able to do it by herself.
Kyra had a trick of her own. She made a wish and blew the dandelion seeds everywhere!
We made some curly-Qs out of the stems.
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.
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.)
Here is how to make a dandelion chain:
Pick a flower. Use your thumbnail to cut a slit in the stem. Thread another dandelion stem through the slit you made.
OK, now where can I find someone to wear my daisy chain so I can take a real picture? Maybe Missy will like it…
Somehow I don’t think Missy liked them all that much. I’m going to find some other kids to play with.
I 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, beca
use 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.
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.
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.
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