Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Dandelion Spirals

A dandelion + a little water = a magical experiment. Just pluck the head off a dandelion, peel the stem into several long sections, put the stem pieces in the water and they magically curl into tight spirals. This week the kids and I decided to pick some dandelions, get our hands wet and have fun making a few dandelion spirals.

Why does a dandelion stem curl? One side of the stem piece absorbs more water than the other and expands faster, causing the stem to curl up into a tight coil.







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This week we're participating in 5 Orange Potatoes Children and Nature Awareness Month The Great Outdoor Challenge. Get outdoors with your kids!

28 comments:

Cascia said...

I used to do that when I was a kid. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Pam Ponder said...

how fun, your pictures are beautiful..thanks for stopping by today..Happy WW!!!

Kristie said...

Very fun! I didn't realize they did that! Now that I know, I'll definitely have to do that with the kids...when we have dandelions :-)

Serendipity is Sweet said...

Look like some great outdoor fun. My kids would love that activity. Thanks for sharing ;)

~Shelley~ said...

That looks like such fun! I've never heard of doing this before. I am so doing this with my two younger kids this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

Pam T~ said...

I wish I could say that we don't have any dandelions in our yard to play with. But we have tons.

Thanks for sharing.

Vanchy said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, and for book recommendation. I'll try to get the book.
This experiment with dandelions is great idea. I'll try that with my son.

Casy Schweickart said...

That is so cool...I am going to go home tonight and try it with Emily! I had never heard of that before.

Jen said...

So neat! Have to do this with the girls! We painted outdoors yesterday and used dandelions for some it. Happy WW!

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Jen

Run DMT said...

That is really cool! I've never seen that before! My girls would LOVE that! Of course, we'd have to double up on the allergy meds before we even attempted this project. lol :-P

Did you ever make daisy chains with your kids? We don't have wild daisies here but I would love to live vicariously through another blogger if you try it. hint...hint :-)

Cecily R said...

Oh, I am SO going to play with this experiement when my daughter gets home from school!! FUN!

Steph said...

Thank you for sharing this! My son is at the stage where he loves to pick the dandelions. Now I have something we can do with them. I can't wait to try it out!

Baba said...

I never knew they did that. What a great thing to do with the kids in the summer.

Cara said...

How fun! I never knew that would happen. We'll definitely be trying this.

:-)

angie said...

I did not know this. So cool. I'll do this with my kids for sure.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh so fun! I can't wait to try this with the kids :) Such a great thing to do outside in the Spring!

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

That is really cool. I never knew they did that. Next time we are actually around some dandelions, we'll have to give it a try. :)

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Okay now I see what they are! Just replied to your comment asking. How fun, I had no idea they did that and it's great that you share the why behind it too. Funny how when you did your Little Ant review, I was in the process of doing mine and now we both posted on dandelions.

JamericanSpice said...

I love learning and this is very interesting to learn. I did not know this before.

Love the photos and the fun experiment.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love this! I've never thought of it as science - maybe we'll borrow it for Science Sunday - very fun!