Dandelions! We sure have enough of them to be able to study them closely in our yard!
We went out and observed them at different times of the day.
First thing in the morning, about 8 am. We noticed they don't open until 9am.We also noted that they stayed closed on rainy days and at night.
The empty field next to our house is home to many dandelions!
Here is one that hasn't bloomed yet!
Andre's sketch of the dandelion brought inside for our notebook:
Taking a dandelion out for examining the root. He wasn't able to take the whole root out, the ground was very muddy and the plant kept on breaking. We will try again in a couple of days and look at the root closely then.
I remembered reading this particular picture book last year with Celeste. We took it out of the library again. It's a great addition to our dandelion study.
"Dandelions: Stars in the Grass" is written and illustrated by Mia Posada. There is extra information about dandelions at the end of the book, along with a recipe for a dandelion salad, and a few science experiments and observations.
For more ideas and activities to do your own dandelion study, you can visit Handbook of Nature Study blog.