Golden Moments: How to Paint with Dandelions


“That was long,” he says, slipping his fingers between mine.

“It was,” I agree, squeezing his hand, noting the slight of his cheeks, the sure of his step, the big in my boy.

“Was it fun?” I ask with mothering words, leading the conversation my way.

He squints into my question. A cyclist speeds, a dog barks, a bird lands. “No,” he finally answers. He turns his head from side to side, sure of his answer.

We’re walking from his sister’s school talent show. I was so proud of the 7 year olds taking the “stage” with songs and poems, hoola hoops and jump ropes. I cheered for them with crossed fingers that they’ll hold onto that unabashed Look at me for as long as possible.

So it was fun, for me as a mom of one of those 7 year olds.

But when you’re 4 and you go to a lot of events and activities that aren’t your own, “not fun” is probably a pretty good description of how it was.

Before I have the chance to flex and smooth and mother this moment, his fingers release mine and he runs.

Bright sun and hot wind frame his quickness and far ahead, I see him drop. Knees to ground, toes tipped, he sits at the edge where the newly greened grass meets the sidewalk.

He slips off his baseball cap and starts filling it with dandelions, plucking them one by one until his hat is overflowing with sunshine, and fun.

His face lights, his voice travels. There’s no need to quiet either one so I ask, “Want to paint with those?”

His cheeks raise, “That’s fun.” He affirms. I couldn’t possibly agree more.

How to Paint with Dandelions

  • Pick dandelions, leaving enough stem for little hands to hold
  • Pour colorful paint onto a paper plate (or if your paint bottles are wide enough, you can skip this step and dip right into them)
  • Use your dandelions as stamps, dipping them into paint and then onto paper
  • Let your little one experiment with repeated stamps before “reloading” a dandelion, the stamps look different depending how much paint is on them
  • We use a different dandelion for each paint color
  • This also looks lovely with black paint on white paper or white paint on black paper
  • When the masterpiece is complete, let it dry and consider framing it – holding onto your golden moment a titch longer.

18 comments responses to "Golden Moments: How to Paint with Dandelions"

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  • What a beautiful story. Will definitely be trying this with my own 4 year old :)

    posted by: Francine on May 31, 2013

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  • Oh, love this idea and love this post! You are a marvel, Galit. xo

    posted by: heidi on May 22, 2013

  • Oh I love how you create such a vivid picture of the scenes that transpire in your world…with your words, Galit. You are so gifted!! I love this idea! Will definitely try it with my kiddos!!!

    posted by: Chris Carter on May 22, 2013

  • Pinned. What a wonderful and fun idea! Definitely going to try it when I go home this weekend!

    posted by: Marta on May 21, 2013

  • Pinned. What a wonderful and fun idea!

    posted by: Marta on May 21, 2013

  • My daughter would love this!

    posted by: Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos on May 21, 2013

  • Fantastic idea. Connor would love that.

    posted by: Robin | Farewell, Stranger on May 21, 2013

  • How cool is this idea? So lovely.

    posted by: Leigh Ann on May 21, 2013

  • It’s always so perfect, this blend of great ideas, wonderful mothering and poetic words. :-)

    posted by: aladyinfrance on May 21, 2013

  • Love this idea!!! We will be doing this today!

    posted by: Julia on May 21, 2013

  • Great idea! I’ll keep it in mind :)
    Vintage Inspired Girls

    posted by: Catherine Vargas on May 21, 2013

  • Dandelions and painting are such important parts of childhood – what a wonderful idea to put them together!

    posted by: Kim@Co-Pilot Mom on May 21, 2013

  • Oh, that’s SO clever!
    And yes, the little ones get dragged to everyone else’s events/ happenings, don’t they?

    posted by: Alison on May 21, 2013

  • Oh, I love this idea! (And I totally get that sister’s event wasn’t so much fun for him, but he’ll appreciate when his sisters cheer him on later, too). :)

    posted by: gfunkified on May 21, 2013

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