Kid-Made Herbalicious & Earth Friendly Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Kid-Made Herbalicious & Earth Friendly Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is less than a week away and if you are looking for the perfect gift to make with your little ones for mom or grandma I’ve got you covered.  

All these great ideas for herbal crafting with kids will help you make unique, meaningful gifts that your children will love to give!

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10 Kid Projects Using Roses For Valentine's Day

10 Kid Projects Using Roses For Valentine's Day

Roses are great for crafting with especially with kids who really love the little dried baby rose buds.  These projects and activities provide a great way to to enjoy the beauty and joy of roses with children, as well as giving them hands on experience with a wonderful healing herb.

Use these crafts to make unique Valentine's for friends and family instead of passing out the traditional junky candy!  (Well, a little dark chocolate is ok though, right?)  They also make a great Valentine's gift for the little ones in your life!

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Rose Tea Tasting & Rose Bud Salt Art

Rose Tea Tasting & Rose Bud Salt Art

We are playing with roses during February so we decided to make rose bud salt this time.  We also added sparkly red glitter and glued whole baby rose buds to finish off our art work.  I just love baby rose buds, don’t you? 

Use this lovely rosy salt to create unique Valentine’s for friends and family!

 

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Spiced Berry Immunity Syrup

Spiced Berry Immunity Syrup

This syrup is deliciously lip-smacking!  It will help keep you and your family healthy and strong during cold and flu season.  Take it as a prophylactic or for healing during illness.  This syrup (and others like it) is often on our breakfast table where I serve it by the spoonful to my family.  

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Gifts For Kids That Love Herbs

Gifts For Kids That Love Herbs

If you have followed my blog for long, you know that I absolutely love sharing the magic of herbs with children.  I find that most kids truly enjoy learning about and working with herbs especially if the learning is fun!  So if you know a child who loves herbs, or maybe you have a special little person in your life that you want to introduce to the magical world of herbs, then this is for you! 

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Bath Magic! An Instructive For 5 DIY Herbal Baths

Bath Magic!  An Instructive For 5 DIY Herbal Baths

Bathing in water infused with the goodness of herbs, essential oils and other healthful ingredients is a lovely, healing way to care for yourself or another.  These five different methods for making an herbal bath are easy to do, allowing you to customize your healing experience.  And most of all to have fun!  All of these baths can be packaged and made into wonderful gifts (with the exception of the fresh milk baths) for friends and family.  

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Aromatic Lovin' For Mama To Be

Aromatic Lovin' For Mama To Be

A dear friend who is expecting her first baby recently celebrated a birthday.  She loves herbs and essential oils, and it is always fun to make something special for her.   So of course I had to give her a little herbal love for her birthday. 

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Baby Rosebud Barrettes

Baby Rosebud Barrettes

Baby rosebuds have always been a favorite of mine and the kids I teach love them too.  When we use baby rosebuds for crafting and creating there are always plenty of “ooh's and ah’s” with lots of delighted little fingers exploring the roses.

These barrettes are a wonderful project for creating something beautiful to wear that reminds us of the beauty within.

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Rose 'n' Salt Dough Finger Prints For Mother's Day

dough prints

Precious little hands stay tiny for such a short while.  I am so in love with making a keepsake of this very special time, of those amazingly beautiful little fingers and palms.

Pink rose petals in this dough are to symbolize love and motherhood, plus they give the dough a very delicate fragrance.

pink rose petals

pink rose petals

I did this simple little project both at home with my girls and at the preschool, making two different versions.  At home we made a big plaque with both my big girls hands pressed into the dough, their thumbs overlapping.  The kids at the preschool cut out hearts from the rosy salt dough and pressed their fingers into the dough.  Both versions are totally cute and precious!

~ Materials ~

This makes enough dough for 15 hearts about 2" by 3" and one 8" by 6" plaque.  You can cut the recipe it in half if you want!

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of salt
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water, rose tea or rose-water for fragrance
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fluffy pink rose petals
  • straw
  • heart-shaped cookie cutter, optional
  • ribbons
  • sharpie marker, optional

~ Instructions ~

  • Blend together the flour, salt,  cream of tartar and rose petals.  
  • Next add the water a little bit at a time until you get a nice doughy consistency that holds together but is not sticky.  I did this all in my Kitchen Aid the night before going into the preschool and it was easy!  You could certainly mix this up with the kids too, which I am sure they would enjoy.  
  • At this point you are ready to make your shapes and prints, or you can refrigerate the dough in an air tight bag if, like me, you won't be using it until the next day.  
  • Roll or press the dough out.
dough all pressed out

dough all pressed out

  • Either shape the dough to desired shape or cut out heart shapes with your cookie cutter.
  • Press the child's hand into the dough.  You may need to talk with them about spreading their fingers apart.  Most of the kids I worked with instinctively placed their hand on the dough with their fingers all held together.  Also you may need to help them press their fingers into the dough.
imprinting

imprinting

  • Use the straw to poke a little hole for hanging.
  • Dry these in the oven at a low temp for a couple of hours.  Be sure to keep a close eye on them and flip them half way through the drying process.  Or you can let them air dry for a couple of days.
  • Use the sharpie to write the child's name and their age or the date on the back of the heart/plaque and add a pretty ribbon for hanging.
fingers

fingers

You could also paint these with modge podge to preserve them.  Or you could let the kiddos paint them to add a nice little personal touch.  Because we used the roses we aren't going to paint ours so we can see and smell the roses!

A little poem to go with this sweet gift would be a lovely addition.  I found all a wonderful collection of poems on Can Teach.  Most of them make me tear up thinking about my own little ones growing up so very fast!

Mother's Day 2013

More Ideas for Mother's Day Gifts ~

Some Sweet Foot Lovin' For Mother's Day

When I was researching this project I found a lot of wonderful salt dough recipes to choose from.  Here are two that I used the most for inspiration:

Create, Craft, Love and eHow Mom

Are you making gifts for Mother's Day this year?

Happy Mother's Day!

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