Pale little dandelion, in her white shroud,
Heareth the angel-breeze call from the cloud.
Tiny plumes fluttering, make no delay,
Little winged dandelion, soareth away.
From “The Little Dandelion” by Helen Barron Bostwick.
Children’s knowledge of nature is dwindling. Although this in itself is sad, it is even more alarming is that children are missing out on a wonderful source of inspiration. Teaching children to love and be inspired by nature is perhaps more important that teaching them that a vixen is a female fox. If you love something, you tend to be curious and read more about the topic and you pick up knowledge along the way.
And nature often is the best toy. What can be more exciting than watching dandelion seeds fly away.
The coarsely-toothed leaves have provided inspiration for the name – the word dandelion comes from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth.
Dandelion seeds can travel as far as 8 km.
We made three cards with wishes. The dandelion is said to represent the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower looks like the sun, the puff-ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds looks like the stars.
- Sun wish – Love
- Moon wish – Peace
- Star wish – Kitten!