A is for Aromatherapy for Kids 

I am thrilled to be back to annual 31 Days of ABCs, presenting you the first letter of the alphabet: A is for Aromatherapy for Kids.

One of my many hobbies is aromatherapy. I have been using oils and herbs in my home for many many years.  I love oils. I love herbs. Unfortunately, I am allergic to some of them plants, but it doesn’t stop me from using Aromatherapy in my household and for when my family gets sick. 

Here are some fun ways to use oils for your kids and with them. 

1. Aromatherapy play dough. When making play dough, add 1-2 drops of essential oils to match the colors and give a sense of different smell and experience to your child. 

Here are some examples:

– Wild Orange Essential oil for orange color playdough. It is know for boosting the energy and focus when needed.

– Peppermint Essential Oil for green color playdough. This playdough is great to use when your child is congested. 

– Lemon Essential Oil for yellow color playdough. This oils promotes positive mood and cognitive ability. 

– Lavender Essential Oil for blue or purple playdough. Not much needs to be said about Lavender and its soothing properties.

2. Making herbal teas and sharing them together. Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Rose teas are just few of those that children can drink from as early as 1 year old (in moderate amounts). You can also mix different herbs and dry fruit, get your child’s assistance to put them all in a pot. And ask older children to pour hot water over them herb. Great idea to make teas in transparent cups and pots so you can observe how the leaves open up in hot water. 

3. Herbal baths and foot soaks. These can be done from early on and with older children it could a fun craft project – to make herbal baths sachets. I love these recipes on The Happy Herbal Home .

Do you have any Aromatherapy recipes and ideas to share ? Please leave me a comment! 

31 Days of ABC 2017 | Alldonemonkey.com

It’s time again for another fantastic month of alphabet fun with the 31 Days of ABC!  All this month you can look forward to 31 more days of activities, crafts, books, apps, and more, all dedicated to teaching young children the alphabet.

I am so happy to be working with an amazing group of kid bloggers, who will be sharing their ideas with us in the coming days. So join us as we jump, skip, hop, and read our way through the alphabet this October!

Find more great resources in our series from past years: 31 Days of ABCs 2013, 2014, and 2016!

Don’t forget to follow our 31 Days of ABCs Pinterest board for even more great ABC ideas!

31 Days of ABC

Teaching the ABCs – October 1

All Done Monkey: Early Literacy – Getting Started Teaching the Alphabet

A – October 2

Creative World of Varya: A Is for Aromatherapy Recipes for Kids

B – October 3

Hispanic Mama: B Is For Bilingual

C – October 4

Witty Hoots: C Is for Castles

D – October 5

Teach Me Mommy: D Is for Dinosaur

E – October 6

E Is for Egg Carton Word Building

F – October 7

Look! We’re Learning! F Is for Farm


G – October 8

H – October 9

All Done Monkey: H Is for Hello/Hola

I – October 10

Jeddah Mom: I Is for Ice Cream

J – October 11

K – October 12

Pennies of Time: K Is for Kindness

L – October 13

Schooling Active Monkeys: L Is for Lion

M – October 14

Sugar, Spice & Glitter

N – October 15

O – October 16

Kitchen Counter Chronicles: O Is for Owls

P – October 17

Creative World of Varya

Q – October 18

R – October 19

JDaniel4’sMom: R Is for Robot

S – October 20

Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: S Is for Spanish

T – October 21

Sand In My Toes: T Is for Truck

U – October 22

The Educators’ Spin On it: U Is for Unicorn

V – October 23

W – October 24

X – October 25

Y – October 26

Z – October 27

Bambini Travel: Z Is for Zoo Animals

123’s – October 28

Prewriting – October 29

Books, Songs, & Apps – October 30

Alphabet Clip Cards – October 31

Edible Ice Mud Dough

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Welcome to the new season of 12 Months of Sensory Dough!

I’ll be honest – last time I dropped the ball on it and didn’t finish it, for several different reasons. But this year I am determined with bring you lots more fun activities that include some unusual types of play dough!

This month we talk about Frozen Dough. And by that we don’t mean the animated movie Frozen inspired dough. Our dough is a dough that has been actually frozen.

We chose to make Edible Ice Mud Dough. Why? Well, for 2 reasons: Mud is fun. And I have a toddler who likes to Taste stuff. So edible it is!

I have looked up online about a dozen of various edible Mud recipes and came up with my own.

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You will need:

2 cups of flour
1 cup of cocoa powder
2/3 cup of vegetable oil

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Mix until it is one big messy lump of mud.
Put in the freezer overnight.
And… Explore it!

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First, we tested the texture: it was cold and hard. The oil didn’t allow it to turn into ice but made it of a chocolate bar consistency, which pretty much melted in our hands.

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Then, we used cookie cutters to cut out shapes. My 3+ year old kept saying she wanted to eat them! It was harder to cut the shapes as the dough was still very solid cold.

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Last, we used it to make “chocolate”. It was fun.

This dough can be kept in an airtight bag or container anywhere including your freezer for a long time!

imageJanuary | Frozen Dough

Melting Hearts Frozen Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures

Melting Fizz Chia Frozen Dough | Powerful Mothering

Frozen Arctic Slime | Study at Home Mama

Edible Ice Mud Dough | Creative World of Varya

Frozen Mousse Dough  | In The Playroom

Easy Frozen Sensory Dough Recipe | Natural Beach Living

Two Ingredient Frozen Dough Recipe| FSPDT

Frozen Pixy Stix Candy Play Dough | Sugar Aunts

Follow this Pinterest board to see all the amazing sensory dough activities!

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Simple Lebanese Lunch {MKB North Africa and Middle East Heritage Series}

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I have mentioned earlier that from myother-in-law’s side our children have a Lebanese heritage. My MIL was born and grew up in Lebanon , she spoke Arabic to all her 4 children. With years she adapted cooking from various cuisine and the meals she makes are a fusion of Middle Eastern, Asian and Western food.

Recently our aunt from Lebanon was visiting and she and mom made a simple Lebanese meal, very easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Kousa (Kussa, Koussa, Kossa)

– 2 medium size zucchini
– 1/4 of an onion
– 1-2 garlic cloves
– 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
– salt to taste
– spices: half a teaspoon of each turmeric and coriander powder
– lemon juice

1. Wash and gently scrub the zucchini with dull side of the knife to peel off excessive skin. Cut into small cubes.
2. In a pan warm up olive oil, add spices, fry for 30-40 seconds, add finely chopped onion and garlic. Fry for another 30-40 sec.
3. Add zucchini. Stir-fry for a minute or two, add salt, lower the fire, add 1-2 tablespoons of water, cover and let it simmer. In some time the liquid will start coming out. Keep them steeping on low fire until the liquid is nearly gone. Stir occasionally and don’t let it burn.
4. Transfer to a flat dish, spread and let it cool. Serve with lemon juice.
Note: this dish is best to be served cold. It doesn’t need reheating. You can cool it in the fridge. And it is best to be eaten with bread (pita, naan or any regulations bread).

Alternative to hummus

– 1 can of chickpeas, water drained completely; or 1 large cup of cooked chickpeas
– 2 cloves of garlic
– juice of 1 lemon
– salt
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil

1. Mash the garlic in a bowl, add lemon juice and olive oil. Mix and let it sit for a couple of minutes
2. Add chickpeas, mix well. Serve with any food

Green (Garden) salad

– few leaves of lettuce
– a small cucumber
– a small tomato
– 1/4 of cabbage head or 1/2 of small cabbage
– small bunch of parsley
– small bunch of mint
– half of capsicum
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– juice of half lemon
– a bunch of olives

Chop tomato, capsicum and cucumber. Shredd cabbage. Cut/ tear lettuce, parsley and mint. Mix it all up. Add salt to taste, lemon juice. Mix and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Add olive oil. Mix and let it see for few more minutes. Add olives. Serve with you favorite dishes.

So, these are 3 ingredients of a simple Lebanese meal. In Lebanese cuisine lemon is used a lot and vinegar too. So a lot of dishes have a sour lemony taste. My husband and my children love lemon and can just eat it like that – must be their Lebanese “genes” !

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Baby Cereal Snow Dough {12 Months of Sensory Dough}

CYMERA_20150112_200846Last year I watched fellow KBN bloggers post recipes of various play dough. This year I am happy to join in the fun!

We start off with Snow Dough to celebrate Winter!

Snow dough is basically any kind of dough that resembles snow. Here in the South of China we don’t have snow at all so my children never experienced it.

I looked through many recipes online and suddenly it dawned me: I recently bought baby rice cereal for our 6 months old and realized it had milk and sugar in it. So the open pack has been sitting on the shelf for a month as I feltit was too early to introduce such cereal to mini man.
The consistency of baby cereal is quite similar to snow, just much dryer.
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So, the ingredients of our Baby Cereal Snow Dough are simple:
– Baby Rice cereal (I used 250 -300 gr pack)
– Enough oil to make the cereal moist (1 used almost full paper cup of sunflower oil ).

Miss A had great time playing with it – she used some of her play dough cutters and play cutlery. I must note that it was quite a messy play, so since it was raining and we couldn’t use balcony, we played in the bathroom.


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Mini Man loved watching his sister play and kept trying to reach for the bowl! Since this snow dough is completely baby and toddler safe and if the child ingests it, it is quite safe. The texture is a bit rough and it can turn into an oily mess, but nevertheless it is a fun activity! You can store the dough in a ziplock bag or in airtight container for some days or even weeks. 

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Check more Snow Dough Recipes below:
Experimenting with Snow Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
How to Make Snow Dough (Taste Safe) | Powerful Mothering
Book-Inspired Snow Dough Sensory Play | Stir the Wonder
Snow Dough Science | Raising Lifelong Learners
A Snowy Day Snow Dough Play | Natural Beach Living
Frozen Snow Dough | Sugar Aunts
Edible Snow Dough | Wildflower Ramblings
Vitamin E Snow Dough Recipe | FSPDT
Rubbery Marshmallow Play Dough | Therapy Fun Zone
Snow Dough & Outdoor Play | Peakle Pie
Music Inspired Snow Dough | Witty Hoots
Glittery Snow Dough | In The Playroom
Arctic Small World Snow Dough | Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Snow Dough Frozen Inspired Small World | Preschool Inspirations
Sparkly Taste Safe Snow Dough for Toddler & Preschool Sensory Play | Bare Feet on the Dashboard
Fizzy, Frozen Snow Dough | It’s A Long Story
Frozen Inspired Snow Dough | The Pleasantest Thing
Snow Fairy Small World with Snow Sensory Dough | Still Playing School
| The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Baby Cereal Snow Dough | Creative World of Varya
Arctic play snow dough & fizzing science | Glittering Muffins
Snow Dough Slime Recipe | Little Bins for Little Hands
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Creative Tuesday: Discovery bottles

Today’s Creative Tuesday is about Discovery Bottles (also known as Bottle Babies, Sensory Bottles and I Spy Bottles).

Here’s what other blogger moms have to say about Discovery bottles:

Deborah of Teach Preschool has a whole collection of Discovery Bottles Ideas: “Whether made by you or by your students, the possibilities for uses of discovery bottles in the preschool classroom are endless. From building language and literacy to exploring math and science. See and save all the ideas for discovery bottles found in this fabulous ABC collection of Discovery Bottles.”

Steph of Modern Parents Messy Kids: “Both kiddos equally enjoy taking their turn shaking the heck out of these things!

Anna of The Imagination Tree: “These are cheap to make, long lasting and can easily be adapted to create exciting and intriguing sensory play experiences for little ones.”

Jackie of The Happy Hooligans: “The Hooligans have been hauling, heaving, carrying, pushing and sliding their bottle babies around for days.  They love ‘em!  And I’m betting your little ones will too!

Sun Hats and Wellie Boots: “he bottles seemed a great opportunity for more seasonal discovery, so we collected four empty water bottles, & a selection of items from around the house & garden & got creating…”

The Fairy and The Frog: “If you’ve not come across these before they are basically bottles with things in to discover! “

Bethany of Happy Homemaker Me: “Discovery Bottles are just about one of the best things that you can give to a little one to play with.  The various sounds, sights, and feels that come from holding them and shaking them will make your munchkin squeal with delight.

I personally think Discovery bottles are great! We enjoyed making one with water, oil, food coloring, beads and cut up straws! The children enjoyed making and shaking them. They didn’t want to let them go!

Try making a Discovery bottle with your child/student and let me know about it!