Monday, June 8, 2015

Dandelion the Book and Paper Plate Craft

I find lots of treasures at yard sales and our most recent was the book, Dandelion by Don Freeman.  I grabbed it for .25 cents AND because who can resist a Don Freeman book!  Since getting this book my daughter has asked me to read it to her before bed every night.

Dandelion is story about a lion who is attending a party but chooses to dress 'dandy' instead of being himself.  This classic story shares an important message to children which is always be who you are.

My 5 year old daughter has enjoyed this book so much that we decided to do a craft to go along with it.  Here's what we made and the materials you'll need to make one yourself!

Materials used:

Paper plate
Tan tempera paint
Orange pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Googly eyes
Black foam
Black marker

We started off painting our plate.

Since Dandelion gets a 'wave' in the story we used pipe cleaners as the curls for Dandelion's mane.  Simply take your pipe cleaners and wind them around a marker or pen.  Once all the pipe cleaners were curled, use a hot glue gun to add them on around the plate.  This part is for adults only!

Once the paint is dry on your plate add on:
googly eyes
triangle for the nose
draw on some whiskers

and voila..........Dandelion the Lion!  We added a piece of ribbon to the top of the paper plate and hung him up in our kitchen!

If you haven't read this book it is a must find, truly a classic and loved by all!


  1. We LOVE Dandelion (and many of Freeman's other stories).

  2. Such a cute craft! Thank you so much for sharing with the #pinitparty

  3. What an adorable little lion!!!

  4. I love this! We have another lion book we love (Library Lion) - we'll have to check this one out too and do your craft! Pinning. #sharingsaturday

    1. Thanks, Heather! I will be on the lookout for library lion, too!! Thanks much for pinning!

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  6. Super cute lion craft! Thanks for linking up with #familyfrugallinky

  7. I've never read Dandelion, now I have a new book to read plus a new cute craft! We love using paper plates for crafts!!

    1. Hi Janine!
      I love when we learn of a new book! I hope you enjoy this one and the craft :)