Dandelion Clocks

Dandelions.  They’re not just weeds!  They have several practical uses:  tea, coffee, and salads.  And don’t forget about the pretty bouquets kids bring to you with carefully hand-picked dandelions lovingly chosen just for you.  But have you heard of dandelion clocks?

Dandelion Clocks Are Counting Fun For Kids, Crystal's Tiny TreasuresLast year we learned a new “use” for dandelions.  A dandelion clock.  You may already be familiar with them, but I hadn’t heard of them where I grew up.

Dandelions are useful even when they have gone to seed, photo

Dandelion locks are super-simple.  Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed and is all nice and fluffy.

Hold it up and see what time it is.  Take a breath and blow on the dandelion head like you do when blowing out candles on a cake.

Learning to count, wildlife for kids, dandelion uses, daycare ideas, photo

On your first blow say, “It’s one O’clock.”

Then blow again and say, “It’s two O’clock.”

Continue on until all of the dandelion seeds have been blown away, and that’s the “time”.

Dandelion clocks are a fun way for children to learn to count, and for older children they still have fun watching the seeds blow in the wind.

Having fun in the sun, Crystal's Tiny Treasures, kids and flowers, learning about plants, photo

You can use this fun activity as a spring-board to discussions about:

  • Parts of a flower
  • Plant life cycles
  • Where do the seeds go?
  • What will happen with them?

Have you tried a dandelion clock?  What’s you favourite use for dandelions?

If you enjoy getting up close to nature with your kids, try a marine walk, or some bird watching.

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Comments

  1. This is a darling post and I never knew that rhyme before! This is so nice for language development, as well as something that is so enjoyable for children. Pinned! Thank you!

    • Rhymes are good for young children to learn with the repetition and rhythm. This rhyme is so common here that when I asked about it later I was given a strange look! “Those girls from Canada….” But I found it such a neat little rhyme I just HAD to share it with the rest of the world ;-)

  2. This is a cute and fun idea. I am featuring your post this week on Artsy Play Wednesday. It is a new linky this week, so please stop by and link up a whole bunch of posts!

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