Is your yard riddled with dandelions? Instead of cursing those cute yellow moppet tops, consider harvesting the greens and flowers. Yes, my friends, you have real gold out there. What a great way to get your kids outside to play with the added benefit of picking your dandelions. From your harvest, you can make dandelion jelly (coming up on the blog,) enjoy the greens, or simply discard them. But first, let’s talk about how to get your kids dandelion pumped.
Suggestions to Get Them Excited
When I was young, my father would pay us $10 each to pick the dandelions. I guess his theory was if you pulled the flower head off, it couldn’t go to seed. No seeds, less dandelion. Worked for me as I pocketed the money.
Since being small and closer to the ground, pulling the heads were fun. Now, that I am older with more parts that hurt, dandelion flower pulling isn’t an activity that I relish.
Here are some ideas on how to get your kids pumped to pull dandelions:
- Offer a prize for who can pick the most dandelions.
- Pay them by the bucket. Give little ones smaller buckets.
- Time them and make it a game.
- Create a treasure hunt so when they reach a certain amount in the bucket, they get another clue or treat.
- Turn the sprinkler on them as they pick the dandelions.
Pulling the Dandelions Advice
Join the Conversation
- Was I the only one who got paid to pick dandelions?
- Do you have a fun activity to encourage your kids to pick the dandelions?
- If dandelion picking isn’t your thing, then do you have a holistic way of ridding your lawn of them?