You know those round, white fluffs that you blow into the air to make a wish? They’re called “dandelions” (French for “lion’s tooth”). The starting flower is yellow and cute, but watch out – dandelions are weeds that steal water from our grass. Each flower holds up to 400 seeds, which can sail up to 5 miles. Luckily, dandelion leaves taste good in salad – so we can bite back!

*Wee ones:* If you have 7 yellow dandelions and 4 white fluffy dandelions, of which kind do you have more?

*Little kids:* If 1 dandelion seed sails 5 miles in one direction, and another seed flies 5 miles in the opposite direction, what’s the farthest apart they can land? *Bonus:* If each time you blow on a dandelion you blow 5 seeds free, how many wishes does it take to blow 20 seeds away? Count up by 5s!

*Big kids:* Dandelions can have up to 400 seeds, but they usually have around 180. How many more seeds does a mega-fluffy 400-seed dandelion have than the usual? *Bonus:* If you blow off 300 seeds, and each of those makes a new flower that sends off 300 seeds, how many seeds sail off in that 2nd round? (Hint if needed: what if each of the 300 sent off just 3 seeds…then what if each sent off 30 seeds instead…then how about 300?)

Answers:

*Wee ones:* More yellow dandelions.

*Little kids:* 10 miles apart. *Bonus:* 4 wishes: 5, 10, 15, 20.

*Big kids:* 220 seeds. *Bonus:* 90,000 seeds!