We studied the dandelion for our flower this week. It's our kids' favorite flower - they'll spend hours frolicking in them between lawn mowings, blowing the seeds and collecting pretty yellow bouquets. But even after all the time they've spent with dandelions, they learned some new things today (I did, too). We read about dandelions in The Handbook of Nature Study, then observed and picked some outside. We learned why our dandelions were so short (they were "hiding from the mower"), that bees love them, that their root "looks like a carrot", and that even though most grazing animals think they taste bad, our bunnies love them. Here's some pics from our dandelion adventures:
Even though they had acres to choose from, all 4 kids decided to dig in the exact same spot.