How I love spring, and yes, dandelions as well. For me they are a symbol of kids and childhood. Dandelions could be the last flower available in nature, saving kids play in a world where “don’t touch nature” culture has been taken away from children’s real experiences with nature. A real connection with nature happens from touching, feeling and getting dirty in nature. Kids need to be able to pick, smell, and gather it to feel it in their bones. Conservation? Sure, as long as we remember that when Nature is something you are not aloud to touch and smell and yes, play in, it becomes nature in a box. Just another form of television.

Well safe to say, nobody is going tell you, “Please do not pick the dandelions”. So go out there and pick some dandelions and make dandelion crowns.

Be a kid make a dandelion crowns.

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Comment by Suz Lipman on April 27, 2010 at 1:45pm
Hi Kari! I love your video. It's so happy. I'm a huge fan of making dandelion crowns and daisy chains. (And the flower crown inspiration is just in time for May Day.) Thank you for reminding us of this simple, natural activity. It's also the perfect antidote to the "Don't Touch Nature" culture that we've been discussing here and elsewhere. Hooray for getting out in and experiencing nature.

And, yes, I love hearing about and seeing the type of child Ken saw, too.
Comment by Kari on April 27, 2010 at 9:39am
Thanks Ken, I'm happy to hear about kids playing with dandelions !
Comment by Ken Finch on April 27, 2010 at 9:34am
Fun video, Kari! Brings back a great dandelion memory from a few years back: I'm driving through a Minnesota neighborhood on a May afternoon, shortly after the local middle school had dismissed. Kids are swarming along, carrying their too-big day packs and staying obediently on the sidewalks. All except one little girl, with flowing hair and a big smile, who's skipping down the grassy median strip -- barefoot -- and kicking every dandelion seed head as she went along, giggling wildly. I remember thinking that the best future for our world rests with kids like her!

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