This year we wanted to do something fun and nature-oriented for Teacher Appreciation Week!
You might remember the kids’ School Supply Cake last year? That was a fun project, too!
To Make The Dandelion Seed Bottles & Haiku Gifts You See Here, You Will Need:
- 1 Small glass bottle with cork
- Dandelion(s), preferably with seeds still attached to wispy parts
- 3 Feet of thin leather cording, ribbon, or other cording for each glass jar
- Scrapbook Paper or Card For Haiku
- Pen or Marker
We found some pretty little glass bottles at a craft store and our daughter wanted to place dandelion wisps inside for her teachers.
The children picked the last dandelion we could find in our backyard for this project!
Surprisingly, one dandelion was plenty to fill 9 little glass jars!
The kids placed one to two dandelion seeds into each glass jar.
Handling the seeds and getting them into the small openings was a fantastic fine motor skills activity!
We tried to keep the wispy parts of the flower attached to the seed because we just love the way they look inside the bottles!
Some Quick Tips:
- If you have a knitting needle, or something similar like a rubber band loom needle, you can use it to help move the dandelion seeds into position inside the bottles.
- I recommend placing your dandelion in a small container to protect the wisps from flying off!
- I don’t recommend gluing the cork onto the bottle so the recipient can change contents later if he/she would like to.
We had more seeds and wisps to add, but we loved the simple, beautiful look of each bottle with one to two seeds.
The remaining seeds DO look quite pretty in the extra bottles…
I helped the kids with the last part of the gift by cutting 36″ lengths of thin, tan leather cord for each of the bottles the kids had prepared.
I tied the knots around the neck of each bottle and then knotted the very ends of the cord so that the teachers could use the bottles as a necklace or lanyard.
The very last thing we did to complete the gift was to develop a short poem called a Haiku to give with the gift.
HERE IS A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE JAPANESE POEM CALLED “HAIKU”:
- Haiku refers to a traditional Japanese Poem consisting of 17 syllables broken into three lines following a rhythm of 5-7-5 for on/off syllables.
- That may sound very technical but it was easiest to explain to our kids by clapping as we practiced saying possible stanzas as we built the poem.
- Haiku also usually contains a “nature” element, and a clear break between two ideas.
- Haiku are often witty.
I realized after we settled on our finished poem for the teachers, that we had mixed up the number of syllables.
Instead of 5-7-5, our poem was set to a 7-5-7 rhythm.
Apparently, English-Contemporary Haiku has been breaking the rules for some time now, so I’m going with “It’s an English-Contemporary Haiku Pattern”.
Here is our English-Contemporary Haiku the kids helped to develop for their teachers!
“You taught me to ride the wind.
I landed safely
by MYSELF. Thank You.”
~Tricia, Critters And Crayons
THANK YOU TO ALL
OF THE TEACHERS OUT THERE
HELPING OUR LITTLE
DANDELION SEEDS LAND SAFELY