Dandelion blow painting

For many, having a yard full of dandelions would be quite the nuisance, but for a class of preschoolers dandelions are a welcomed site! This year we had more dandelions than I have ever seen surrounding our wooded area so we put all those dandelions to good work in our classroom…

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

This was a simple process that began by each child dripping a puddle of paint onto the center of a piece of white corrugated cardboard…

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

Next, the children added a smaller puddle of glue on top of their paint puddle…

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

Then the children used a small spoon to mix up their paint and glue…

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

As the children mixed up their paint and glue, they spread the mixture around the cardboard leaving most of the edges free from paint so they could hold their painted boards when we went outside to hunt for dandelions…

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

The children carried their cardboard pallets outside in search of dandelions…

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

Then they held their dandelions up close to their paint and blew…

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

The dandelion seeds landed in the paint and we were able to examine how the wind can take seeds from one place to another and spread them out on the ground so new plants would grow…

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

We set our dandelion blow paintings aside to dry over night and then gently took them home. The dandelion seeds stood up on the paint but I’m not so sure how long they stayed that way once the paintings went home….

Dandelion Blow Painting by Teach Preschool

A wonderful experience in exploring how seeds are carried from one place to another combined with an interesting art experience!

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By |2013-05-13T10:28:32+00:00May 13th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

8 Comments

  1. Katie @ Gift of Curiosity May 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Love this! Especially the science connection about how the wind scatters seeds.

  2. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom May 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Such a creative and interesting idea!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Faigie May 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Yes blowing hundreds of dandelions and making wishes can certainly get repetitive, what a great way to channel those desperate needs to blow all those dandelions. (I still get the urge when I see lawns full of them)

  4. Amy @ Sunlit Pages May 13, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    My kids have a fascination with dandelions, so I know they would love this activity. They somehow find dandelions EVERYWHERE!

  5. andiejaye May 14, 2013 at 12:31 am - Reply

    this. is. brilliant. absolutely genius! we might have to go to the park and try this out this week! blowing dandelions is so much fun. pinning and sharing 🙂

  6. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem May 14, 2013 at 7:24 am - Reply

    What a beautiful way to keep dandelions longer! We’ve got an abundace of them gracing our lawn at the moment, so we may just have to go out and try this project before my son goes around with the lawn mower!

  7. Mama Carmody May 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of blowing the dandelion seeds into the paint…and listing books to go with the craft…BRILLIANT! Thanks so much.

  8. JDaniel4's Mom May 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    This looks like so much fun! We have so many dandelions in our neighborhood.

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