Caring Wish Lanterns
Lynn DeVries shares a simple activity to help children foster kindness and compassion by collecting dandelion seeds. She will show you how to make a caring wish lantern to enjoy. This is a great summer activity. What are other ways you can create a caring wish lantern during other times of the year?
Ages 2 and up
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[00:00:10.210]My name is Lynn DeVries and welcome
[00:00:12.690]to this beautiful summer evening on "A Beautiful Day."
[00:00:17.390]I wanted to share one of
[00:00:18.480]my favorite summer evening activities with you,
[00:00:21.330]something that you might try with your children as well.
[00:00:25.980]Let's go ahead and get started.
[00:00:27.500]Some of the things that you're going to need,
[00:00:29.670]any kind of clear jar.
[00:00:31.580]So it could be, I have a glass jar,
[00:00:33.440]but I suggest maybe a plastic jar would work better for you,
[00:00:37.790]safer for your children.
[00:00:39.090]Or if you don't have a jar,
[00:00:40.430]you could get a peanut butter container
[00:00:43.330]that's recycled or you could use a glass tumbler
[00:00:48.390]a clear tumbler, maybe plastic, that you drink out of.
[00:00:52.700]That would work, too.
[00:00:53.533]So we need some type of a clear container.
[00:00:56.330]The next thing that you're going
[00:00:57.570]to need is a flameless candle.
[00:00:59.830]And I have one that I actually found a pack
[00:01:02.040]of like 12 of these at The Dollar Store.
[00:01:05.100]So they're very inexpensive but they're very safe
[00:01:08.240]to use and they turn on and off.
[00:01:10.900]We need a clear container, we need our flameless candle.
[00:01:20.560]And we'll be going outside to collect dandelion puffs.
[00:01:24.950]These are the seeds from a dandelion,
[00:01:26.950]the kind that you blow gently in the wind
[00:01:28.980]or the wind blows and carries away the seeds.
[00:01:32.530]And they're fun to collect and all.
[00:01:36.370]To get started then, what you'll want to do,
[00:01:39.150]is with your clear glass jar or container,
[00:01:42.210]you'll put the flameless candle down in the bottom.
[00:01:45.010]Now, for instance, I have some puffs already collected.
[00:01:49.149]And another option would be to find a lid for the jar
[00:01:54.680]and tape your candle to the top of the lid.
[00:01:57.800]And then the flame would shine down on top
[00:02:00.630]of the dandelion puffs.
[00:02:03.550]But I think it's also fun to put it
[00:02:06.280]in the bottom of the jar.
[00:02:07.960]So once you have your clear container and you put
[00:02:10.570]your flameless candle in the bottom,
[00:02:12.800]you'll want to go outside and explore
[00:02:14.970]and find all kinds of dandelion puffs.
[00:02:17.810]And so, it's a good exercise activity, going out for a walk,
[00:02:22.330]maybe running from puff to puff and finding
[00:02:24.538]where you'll find them in the lawn or the field.
[00:02:44.700]It's also good fine motor skill to pick them
[00:02:47.560]and then cut the stem or pull the stem really short
[00:02:50.810]as you put them into your jar.
[00:02:52.620]Another idea that I had is to do a compassion activity
[00:02:57.760]or something to model kindness and compassion for others.
[00:03:01.950]And so, as you're collecting these with your children,
[00:03:06.220]think of friendly wishes or something kind
[00:03:09.150]that you could wish someone or a group of people,
[00:03:11.750]maybe even people you don't know, a friendly wish.
[00:03:15.740]And so, for each puff that you put in the jar,
[00:03:17.610]you might say, I wish all people to be safe,
[00:03:20.290]or you might model and say,
[00:03:22.600]I wish my neighbor to be healthy.
[00:03:24.897]Or it could be that I wish my dad is happy.
[00:03:29.766]They could even think of a wish for themselves.
[00:03:49.433]And so, as we are running
[00:03:51.020]and finding dandelion puffs and filling our jar,
[00:03:54.060]we're also sharing kindness and compassion for others.
[00:03:58.792]And so, these are really beautiful, actually,
[00:04:01.600]when you get them lit up at night.
[00:04:09.270]Have a beautiful day.
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