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This is the perfect time of year for a wildflower nature study. We are learning about the dandelion life cycle this week. Each Spring we are inundated with dandelions. Since they are a weed that I want to get out of my yard, I usually find them to be a nuisance. However, they are such a fascinating and pretty weed. I decided it was time we learn a little more about them. So, today I want to share with you some Dandelion Life Cycle learning activities that we have done together this week.
I am so very excited to be joining a new monthly series with some fellow bloggers ~ The Nature Book Club. Each month there is a nature theme and this month is wildflowers. I will choose a related book that we have enjoyed and give you some ideas to tie it in to your teaching. I love this because we are nature lovers, but don’t do enough with it. This will encourage me to do more nature learning with my kids, and hopefully will help you do the same! (See all of my Book Activities for Kids)
I made a set of Dandelion Life Cycle learning printables for kids. It includes a life cycle, a life cycle spinner, a sketching page for drawing the dandelions you observe, and a cut and paste page to put the dandelion flowers in order of growth.
We watch the dandelions grow each Spring in our yard and usually do all we can to rid ourselves of them. One spring, instead of treating my lawn, I made some dandelion jelly. Have you ever tried that? It’s quite yummy! That’s the year we discovered my daughter was allergic to dandelions and decided that instead of picking them and bringing them into the house, we should instead probably avoid them! But every year, they come again. 🙂
Despite her allergies, my daughter still enjoyed learning and reading about dandelions!
This Spring, I found some adorable books about dandelions at the library. These are what inspired my post today!
Dandelions: Stars in the Grass by Mia Posada is an informational book about how dandelions grow. It is written to young children and is a nice pleasant read! My young kids learned a lot from it.
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony -This cute story follows the life of a dandelion seed as it travels around various places and through the seasons and finally settles to grow.
I discovered there is another book in the series as well: The Dandelion Seed’s Big Adventure. We are looking forward to reading this one soon.
Want to Print the Dandelion Life Cycle Pack?
This 9-page printable is available in my shop.
See More Wildflower Posts: Stop by to Visit the other Nature Book Club Co-hosts
Miss Rumphius Mixed Media Art from Emily at Table Life Blog
Wildflower Walk and Pressing Flowers from Barbara at Handbook of Nature Study
Wildflowers Nature Study from Jenny at Faith and Good Works
Oregon Nature Study Quiz: Wildflower Edition from Eva at Eva Varga
Wildflower Fairy Poetry & Art Activity from Melanie at Wind in a Letterbox
Flower Fairy Peg Dolls from Cassidy at Freshly Planted
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms Online Book Club from Dachelle at Hide the Chocolate
Wildflowers Unit Study & Lapbook from Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Fingerprint Painting on Canvas Activity from Katrina at Rule This Roost
DIY Flower Press from Thaleia at Something 2 Offer
Are you Interested in Participating in the Nature Book Club?
Choose an engaging nature book, do a craft or activity, and add your post to our monthly link up. The link up party goes live at 9:00 a.m. EST on the 20th of each month and stays open until 11:59 p.m. EST on the last day of the month. Hurry to add your links! You can link up to 3 posts. Please do not link up advertising posts, advertise other link up parties, your store, or non-related blog posts. They will be removed. By linking up with us, you agree for us to share your images and give you credit of course if we feature your posts. That’s it! Let’s party. Find us #TheNatureBookClub Also, join our new Nature Book Club Facebook Group!