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!
Tan tempera paint
Orange pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
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:
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!