Here is our newest creation. Every month we make a special themed playdoh at the school and this months is a wonderful wintry holiday playdoh. It is all-natural (except for the glitter), beautifully colored with powered beet root & scented with the softest little tufts of fir needles from our Christmas tree..Read More
This week I have a this fun little guest post over at Red and Honey that is all about one of my favorite things, sharing herbs with kids!
Children and herbs go together like two peas in a pod. For almost a decade I have had the pleasure of working with children and herbs at a little home-based preschool and I have yet to meet a kiddo who isn’t fascinated by herbs.
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Experiments In Acid-Base Chemistry
What do you get when you mix an acid with a base?
"It is like the acid and the base like each other so much
that they make the best of bubbly friends."
This is one way that I explain the fun, interesting chemical reaction of acid/base mixing to little kids. I also make sure we talk a bit about the ph scale; where an acid and a base are on that scale; and how when mixed together, they meet in the middle becoming neutralized.Read More
An interactive experience from start to finish, the sock bath is lots of fun to make with children. What is the sock bath you ask? I first learned about this great way to use herbs in the tub from my teacher, Brigitte Mars. To make a sock bath simply put your chosen herbs in a sock, tie a knot in the top and toss it in the tub... super easy! Having made sock baths a few times with the kids at preschool, I have come to notice that the kids just love them. They enjoy picking out their very own herbal blend to put in the sock and then they love playing with the knotted sock, snuggling with it and enjoying the scents of the herbs. Once you get the sock bath into the tub it is great fun to watch the water change color as the herbs mix with the bath water. And then squeezing all the herb-rich water out of the sock into the bath makes for a very tactile experience indeed.
~ Making Sock Baths With Kids ~
- A sock for each child. When I do this at school, I ask each child to bring in a long clean sock from home, not a kid size one! You need big socks to stuff!
- Bath Herbs examples are ~ roses, chamomile, lavender, catnip, calendula, and mints.
- Oatmeal, this is optional but it makes the bath so very much fun because when the sock bath is all wet in the tub and the child squeezes it, a skin nourishing slippery, milkiness exudes from the sock, so cool!
- Epsom Salts, totally optional
- Kid Friendly Essential Oils such as ~ lavender, sweet orange, spearmint, rosemary, rose geranium and ylang ylang. These are optional too!
- A Jar or Glass, have one for each child you plan to work with if you are going to do this in a group. Or you can have one jar/glass if you are going to work with each child separately. I used a plastic one to prevent problems with breakage.
- Give each child a jar/glass in which to create their sock bath.
- Working with either one child at a time or a few at a time, have the child(ren) choose the herbs they would like in their sock bath. Help them place about a 1/8 to 1/4 cup of each herb into their jar or glass.
- Add oatmeal and epsom salts if desired using about 1/8 to 1/4 cup each.
- Add the essential oils, about 4 to 8 drops total of whatever combination of oils you are using. If they want they can stir up their bath with a spoon.
- Then help the child(ren) to place to opening of their sock over the opening of their jar/glass and then once the sock is secure, dump the jar/glass over so the contents fall down inside the sock. (You might want to have the child hold the sock onto the jar if it is not a tight seal.) The child(ren) may need to give it all a little shake to get all the bath into the sock.
- Once all the bath is in the sock, remove the sock from the jar/glass and tie off the top!
- You can let the child(ren) play with their sock if you wish.
- Let the children's parents know how to use the bath ~ Just toss it in the tub with the child and let the play begin! Encourage the child to squeeze their sock bath so they can really smell the herbs and enjoy the wonderful herbed water that comes out of the bath.
Happy Creative Bathing!
Finding meaningful ways to engage children in becoming aware of and exploring their emotions is an important step towards raising confident, happy kids. And the last few weeks the kids and I filled our time together breathing deep, talking about our emotions and playing! I would like to share some of the wonderful projects we did that helped us engage our whole-selves, become aware of our emotions and find ways to center ourselves. These projects are perfect to do with young children and even have complete lesson plans for those of you working with a group of kids. Most of the projects have a bit of science thrown in while all of them offer kid-approved fun and creativity!
Conduct a science experiment with essential oils to see what oils insight certain feelings. Then create a unique piece of art work inspired by an aroma of your choice!
Create a beautiful fragrant meditative mandala from lovely botanicals.
Create a special mind jar with a friendly face. This project helps kids learn to breathe and slow down with they feel out of sorts.
A special twist on Meditation Friends that allows for even more personalization of your child's special new friend!
Simple yoga play with a favorite elephant! We used this super fun book to guide us through a morning of giggly yoga.
Do you have any special ways to help kids learn about emotions or mindful ways of how to engage themselves? I would love to hear about them and give them a try!
Wishing you lots of peaceful fun!
A cool rainy afternoon is a cookie baking afternoon at our house. A time for ruminating in the kitchen over a delicious, comforting delicacy. Because the heat of summer has been so intense this year, I know we must seize this particular cool afternoon... it could be the last one like it for a while.Read More
This time of year we are always busy preparing something for those loveliest of people... Mommies.
This May we are making foot soaks for pampering hard-working feet and to go with it? The cutest footprint butterflies!Read More
Over the years our family has been truly blessed by all the wonderful teachers that have taught our children. Amazing souls that have nourished and cared for our children, striving to do their best with each interaction. Having guided and taught my kids with love, insight and a firm hand; every single one of these people has not only passed on the required material but have also imparted their own unique wisdom and gifts to my children. This is a most precious gift.Read More
"Ms. Angela, what are we making today?"
With a bit of my usual trepidation (I never know how the kids will respond to my plans) and lots of excitement I tell them that we are going to make holiday gifts today. We are going to make candy cane bath salts! Much to my delight, gleeful cheers and twirls reward me as the children celebrate the project we are about to do.Read More