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We've got another great STEAM based activity for the kids to enjoy, but this time around Dad is in charge! Making perfume for Mom is sure to get all of the senses tingling, good and bad!
You can pretty much use anything that has some aroma to it but here is what we used:
- Fresh herbs (thyme and mint)
- Peppermint extract
- Lime and orange slices
- Large container or mixing bowl
- Small containers
- Perfume bottle- we found these darling heart bottles from Michaels, costing $1.59 each
- Mixing tools- we used a selection of plastic spoons, pipettes, and our Learning Resources Helping Hands Tool Set (perfect for developing fine motor skills!)
- Funnels- you can get these in the car section at Walmart and Home Depot for a few dollars
- Pestle and mortar
- Large underbed storage container and towels
This one could get a little messy so we recommend you put down some trash bags or towels on a hard floor. We set up our perfume factory in the kitchen and put everything in a large container! We tested this activity out with a four year old and 11 month old so it worked best for us to set up all of the ingredients before inviting our perfume makers in. Keeping the ingredients small in quantity and well organized will help to avoid spillages (and overwhelming aromas for Mom!!).
Try not to be too caught up on actually producing a nice perfume for Mom! This is more about allowing your kids the freedom to enjoy some sensory play, and even more importantly spend some quality time with Dad! Get your hands dirty too Dads! Be a role model and show your kids how to use their senses and the different tools available to them. Don't be nervous of including babies in this activity as long as you are always there to monitor. Sure to gets a little stressful with them spilling things but they'll love being included and getting to be so hands on with the activity.
Let them experiment combining different ingredients to find 'nice' combinations. Encourage them to analyze the smells of each combination as this will help them to develop their vocabulary and communication skills.
Also encourage your kids to explore the various tools available. They will benefit from transferring the liquids in different ways as this works on their fine motor skills.
Once they hit the perfume jackpot, make a batch large enough to fill one of the heart bottles. Help with the pouring process but make sure you let them have ownership of the project. If you've got super keen kids or multiple kids of course encourage them to make more than one bottle. Mom needs it to last, right?!
Add the personal touch by making a label for the perfume. Kids come up with the funniest names, let them take the lead on this! We chose to just draw a label on using markers. Voila... the perfume is all set for Mom... whether she's ready or not!
Now personally we think the best part of this activity is Dad getting to watch as Mom takes that first sniff and the kids insist she lathers it on her skin for the day. Look at these three monkeys - absolutely priceless!
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