Dandelions are a great plant and readily available throughout spring and summer after they first wake up in April.
Germination is fast and they are great for demonstrating seed dispersal and investigating why plants have flowers.
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Dandelion seeds can be collected by children, planted and watered.
The first shoot appears.
Well this bit's obvious!
Demonstrating the purpose of flowers
Pick two dandelion flowers and pollinate them by rubbing them together. You may wish to buzz while doing this.
Then leave the flowers in plenty of water.
Watch as the flowers close up (very slowly).
Day 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 ish
Be patient. They will look dead.
Make sure they have water.
Look the petal have fallen off!
Opens up to reveal...seeds!
Oh! So that's what flowers do!
Both are open now
What else can you do?
Make a dandelion timeline
Tell the time
Investigation - Can dandelions tell the time?
Easy to test!
Make a wish
(There is no scientific evidence that this works.)