We use dandelions a lot in our outdoor play. They top sandcastles, they become boats in water tables, we toss them, count them, blow on them, and tickle with them. There are so many ways to use dandelions in play.
Don’t want to spread dandelions around your yard? Pick the flowers when they are yellow (and resist the urge to blow them or hit them once they are white!) These 20 ideas are dandelion activities are mostly ones you can use to collect the yellow dandelions. Although there are definitely some fun ones once they have turned into white “parachutes!”
Dandelion Art Ideas
Try dandelion blow painting from Teach Preschool
Dip them in paint to make dandelion fireworks from No Twiddle Twaddle
Dress Up in a Dandelion Crown with instructions from Real Food Rn
We bring paper outside, pick some dandelions, and then press hard on them as we drag them across the paper, using the flowers themselves as our medium!
Make a fingerprint dandelion with Crafty Morning (ok, this one doesn’t use real dandelions, but it’s super cute!
Dandelion Game Ideas
Have a Dandelion Counting Race from Hands On As We Grow
Try threading dandelions with Hands On As We Grow
Olympic-inspired dandelion games from The Pleasantest Thing
Play dandelion tic-tac-toe from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Hitting Dandelions With a Bat from Wildflower Ramblings
Dandelion Sensory Activities
Save the white puffy dandelion heads in a jar, and use them year-round. Either for special wishes or to bring a smile to someone on a sad day – blowing those dandelions is sure to brighten up a day!
Play with Dandelion Play dough with Wildflower Ramblings
Outdoor Spring Water Bin from Sugar Aunts
Make dandelion mud pies from The Pleasantest Thing
Sensory Spring Water Table from The Pleasantest Thing
Dandelion-infused play dough from Bee Crafty
Dandelion clocks from Castleview Academy
Use them in a Wildflower Sensory Bottle from The Pleasantest Thing
Make dandelion parachutes with Science Sparks
Explore the life cycle of a dandelion with Mud Hut Mama
Do you have any favorite playful dandelion ideas? Let me know – we’ve still got tons of dandelions left!