Fairy Tale Friday: The Meadow Dandelion

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I found a sweet little Chippewa story called “The Meadow Dandlion,” which you can read here.

Chalkboard drawing from chalkboarddrawing.org

This would be a fun story to tell as a table play. Make a little Native American puppet for Shawondasee, and use a white or grey play silk for the wind. Have a green playsilk for the meadow, and two dandelions, one yellow and one white, but cutting many thin strips of felt about an inch-and-a-half long, and joining them together in the center with a pipe cleaner.  These would be a lovely addition to your summer table as well!

Go outside and make dandelion wishes! Show your child how to rub dandelions under his chin (to see if he likes butter!) and how to make a dandelion chain. Make dandelion curls. Turn your dandelion chain into dandelion jewelry- necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and crowns. Make dandelion syrup.

Add some dandelion fun to your circle time!

Ten Happy Dandelions
Ten happy dandelions
Growing in a line.
One turned to fluff and
Then there were nine.

Nine happy dandelions
Growing by the gate.
One turned to fluff and
Then there were eight.

Eight happy dandelions
Growing toward heaven.
One turned to fluff and
Then there were seven.

Seven happy dandelions
Growing to be picked.
One turned to fluff and
Then there were six.

Six happy dandelions
Growing up with pride.
One turned to fluff and
Then there were five.

Five happy dandelions
Growing more and more.
One turned to fluff and
Then there were four.

Four happy dandelions
Growing wild and free.
One turned to fluff and
Then there were three.

Three happy dandelions
Growing just for you.
One turned to fluff and
Then there were two.

Two happy dandelions
Growing in the sun.
One turned to fluff and
Then there was one.

One happy dandelion
Having lots of fun.
It turned to fluff and
Then there were none!

I’m a Dandelion
(Tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a dandelion,
Oh, so small. (Crouch down.)
I’m growing bigger; (Slowly rise.)
Now I’m tall. (Stand.)

Soon my yellow blossom (Round arms over head.)
Will turn to fluff.
Along will come the wind (Turn in circle.)
With a great big huff. (Blow.)

Then my dandy seeds (Wiggle fingers above head.)
Will dance around–
Traveling to places;
Floating to the ground. (Lower fingers to the ground.)