Making Dandelion Chain Crowns

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My daycare children love to pick flowers and one flower that I let them pick is the dandelion! One morning we came upon a soccer field full of dandelions on our walk.  The children delighted in picking fistfuls of dandelions.  Once they had collected a bunch I made them some dandelion crowns to wear.  Dandelions with long stems work best.

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Split the stem of a dandelion with your fingernail and thread a second dandelion stem through the hole.

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Split the stem of the second dandelion and thread a third dandelion through the hole.

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I find it helpful to pull the dandelion down through the hole until it’s head rests just above the hole.

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Continue in this manner until you have a chain long enough to go around the child’s head.

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I tie the stem of the last dandelion in a loose knot to the stem of the first dandelion to link up the chain in a circle.

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Make sure you warn the children that their crowns are delicate and will only last for a little while.  My children dance around and sing whenever I make them crowns, it’s so sweet to watch.

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We had enough dandelions left over to bring home and decorate our picnic table for lunch.

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May your heart sing with the simple joys of summer.

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