Dandelion's life cycle

This little piece of art was made after we read a book about a little marmot who became friends with a dandelion ("...das verspreche ich dir" by Eve Tharlet ). It is a lovely story about friendships, promises, and a dandelion's life cycle. For my kids, Einstein E and Power P, it was also a sad story, especially during the part where the marmot “lost” his friend after it transformed, and the marmot blew all the seed of the dandelion. Luckily, soon after his winter sleep, the little marmot found many new friends. Aside from dandelion's life cycle, we also found some interesting facts about marmots:

  • Marmots are large squirrels.
  • They are short-sighted.
  • When predators approach, marmots make a high pitched, whistle-like sound to alert others.

If you'd like to read more interesting facts about dandelions, click here.

Materials:

(for yellow dandelions)
- Paper (black, blue, or any other that provides a good contrast with yellow and white)
- Yellow and green paint (we used acrylic)
- Plate, foil, or lid for a little pool of paint
- Fork 
- Green coloured pencil
(for white dandelions)
- White paint
- q-tips or flowers (see our dandelion painting)

Step 1. 

The book. The boys got the book after visiting the national library with their kindergarten. They loved it, but it also made them sad. Unlike many others, which we have read a dozen times, we have read this one only three. It just makes them unhappy.
Step 2.

After reading the book, we talked about a dandelion's life cycle and went to the forest. There, they spend a whole rainy afternoon blowing dandelions.kid blowing dandelions
Step 3.

Materials. Prepare everything you need for this little work of art - paper, forks, and paint (green, yellow, and white).

Step 4.

“Painting”. 

- First, the boys painted grass using the fork. They simply dipped one side of the fork into the paint and pressed on the paper.

- Then, they painted the stage 1 in a dandelion's life cycle - using a green coloured pencil, they draw a stem. Then, using the fork and some green paint, they made a bract (the green part that surrounds the flower's head), and the yellow flower.
- In the next stage, the flower opens. The boys painted this by dipping the back of the fork into a pool of yellow paint, pressing it on the paper and pulling back, making a circle shape first.kid drawing stage 3 of dandelion´s life cycle
- Then, the flower turns into a white fluff ball of seeds, which they painted using elderflower.  Simply dipped into the pool of white paint and stamped.
final stage of a dandelion`s life cycle

- Finally, most of those individual seeds are dispersed by the wind. 

picture of a whole life cycle of a dandelion

And the cycle continues.

 

 

This article was updated on September 20, 2020

Marija Smuda Duric

A mum to two amazing twin boys - Einstein E and Power P, an educator, and a researcher.