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! 

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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

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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

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Play Dough and Paper Plate Wreath

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Christmas is such a beautiful time for children. Whether it fits their cultural believes or not, the magic of the holiday finds its way into the children’s hearts and gets them excited about the festivities.

This year Kid Blogger Network bloggers gather yet again to give you 10 days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments Inspired by Books, hosted by Mama Miss. Check out my post on Christmas Lantern from last year before I go onto introducing a new craft!

In my ESL classes I try incorporating many things: phonics, elements of reading, writing, craft and more. It has now become a tradition that we read a book or a part of a book at the end of our class.

We were going through a book called Christmas is the New House.

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When children saw the picture of Wreath being hung, they became curious.

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And as I tried explaining what it is, the idea of a simple wreath craft came to my mind: Play dough and Paper Plate Wreath.

Materials needed:

One paper plate
Play dough of favorite color (even though the wreath is isually green, I let children use their imagination)
Assorted beans
Clear contact paper (optional – to preserve the craft)

How to make it:

1. Cut out the middle of the paper plate, leaving just the rim of the plate. Keep it for some other craft! (I love upcycling!)

2. Have the children take pieces of play dough and spread them over the rim, pressing firmly so it doesn’t easily fall off.

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3. Using beans, decorate the wreath.

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4. If you want the wreath to last – use contact paper to stick over the craft and secure on the side that has no play dough to preserve. You can decorate it with a bow as well. In my experience preserved this way play dough keeps fresh for at least 3-4 months and then still stays while drying up for another few months.

Voilà, you have these pretty wreaths!

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As an option, and to make a bigger size wreath, you can cut it out of the cardboard and also add more things, like, leaves and twigs besides beans to decorated over the play dough.

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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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Special Guest Thursday: Play Dough Printable Set with Multilingual QR Codes {Life Ove C’s }

I am very excited to have Kim from Life Over C’s  visiting my blog today with her special activity and (!) a free printable!
Kim is a fellow Multicultural Kid Blogger!
Kim is a world traveling, homeschooling, mom of four beautiful girls. She and her family live in the tiny country of Georgia, where they have been missionaries for 8 years. She blogs at Life Over C’s, where you can read all about homeschooling, kid crafts, and whole lot of fun traveling experiences. You can follow Kim’s blog on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
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I’m so excited to be with you all today! I appreciate Varya opening up her wonderful blog to me.
Today I want to share with you a bilingual play dough activity that will introduce your child to a whole new world!
Very few people that I meet know that there is a country called Georgia, but that’s where I live right now. Georgia is a tiny country of about 4 million people located in the middle of, well, everything. We are just north of the Middle East, south of Russia, east of most of Europe, and west of Asia. Most map makers can’t even decide on which section to fit Georgia.
My family and I have lived here off and on for eight years now, but most days I feel like I can’t speak the language at all. It is a language all to its own. Nothing in common with most of the larger language structures.
And, it’s just downright complicated.
To give you a sample, I’ve created a printable play dough activity and included some identification cards that have some “simple” Georgian words on them. Now, of course, without lots of study you would not be able to read the Georgian language, so rather than write out the words, I’ve included scannable QR codes.
All you need to do is scan and listen. You can download a free QR code reader, such as NeoReader to scan the codes. Simply hold the QR code in the camera of your smart phone or iPad and the reader will do the rest.
My littlest one had fun listening to the words on the iPad. She also thought it was really cool that she could see the cards she had just been holding on the iPad screen. It’s a great way to utilize technology for learning.
While you’re at it, go ahead a print the included fruit cut-outs and have a blast creating a farmers market, fruit basket or salad with some play dough.
I made up some play dough to match the different colors of the fruit in the set. The kids had fun creating their own food. They also matched the different fruits to the correct color of play dough for a fun sorting activity. I printed three copies, so that we would have lots of fruit for playing.
To use the fruit simply print, laminate, cut out and have fun!
I’ve also included a set of printable cards for playing Memory. You can match the cartoon image of the fruit to a real-life picture.
A great tip for creating memory cards is to print on the white side of scrapbooking paper, so that the cards aren’t see-through.
These are great for building language skills. Both in English and in other languages. In addition to Memory, you can lay all the cards on a table and ask your child to find the different fruits, using whichever languages you prefer.
You can download the Bilingual QR Code Play Dough Set and Memory Game here.
I hope that you enjoy your little taste of Georgia!

 

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Thank you so much, Kim! I have never been to Georgia but I have few friends who are originally from there or lived there. Plus, Russia and Georgia used to belong to one country once upon a time so we have some shared history!
I hope you all enjoy this printable set!

Playdough Collage and Kids Co-Op

I am very happy to be back to participating and hosting Kids Co-Op!

This is the first Kids Co-Op I am posting for since I went self-hosting.

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Today I would like to introduce to wonderful activity my daughter and I made: Playdough Collage.

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It is very simple and can be done with children of different ages as it can be modified to suit the age group.

It is also an activity that should be done under supervision as it involves playdough (which may be a choking hazard) and a plastic knife which, though generally safe, should not be given to children under 3 years old.

You will need:

A piece of white paper of your choice

Playdough (we used our homemade playdough)

Plastic knife

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How to make it:

Pinch off small pieces of playdough and flatten them sticking to the paper. Using the plastic knife make a few cuts and shape the ends into the flower petals.

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Using more dough, make the middle of the flower and the stems with leaves.

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We also make some grass and the sun.

After finishing the activity, I used transparent contact paper to preserve the collage and put it on the wall. The dough dried up after hanging on the wall for 2 months but it still looks fine.

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One fish… two fish…

“One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish,

Black fish, Blue fish, Old fish, New fish..”

Sounds familiar? Of course! This is the line from one of our daughter’s favorite books by Dr. SeussOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish“.

March 2nd happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss, otherwise known as Theodor Seuss Geisel, – an american writer, poet and cartoonist who won the hearts of hundreds of children around the world with his humorous rhymes and strange characters.

Today we made an activity “Under the Sea” dedicated to Dr. Seuss and his book “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”.


This activity came to me spontaneously. I originally planned on making just play dough fishes over the  construction paper. But it seems the shopkeeper sold me the wrong type of flour and when I made the play dough (which I’ve made a few times already!) it came out too sticky and too soft. I tried to fix it but it was a play dough failure! 

It suddenly struck me that I could use the play dough to make more than just fishes. And this sticky and gooey play dough was in fact a great way for the following activity. Otherwise, ANY type of play dough will do!

You will need:

A piece of construction paper (blue or green)

Glue

Scissors

White paper

How to do it:

1. Cut out seaweed, rocks and other sea plants out of the white paper.

2. Glue them onto the construction paper.

3. Now, take small amounts of play dough and smudge them over the white paper, filling up the shapes!

4. Make fishes: take small balls of play dough, press them against the construction paper and then shape out the tales. Make eyes out of tiny pieces of play dough.

5. Read the book (or the part of it, depending on your child’s age) and have the children point at their fishes and the fishes of their friends!


It helps to wet the hands a bit with wet wipes for the play dough to spread out better!

Got any activities dedicated to Dr. Seuss’s birthday? Share them with me! I’d like to read about them!

Egg carton flower

One last project we did in 2012 was Egg Carton Flower. We got the inspiration from Glittering Muffins’ Egg Carton Christmas Tree Ornament.

At first I was determined to make a Christmas tree. But Christmas was over and it didn’t really make sense to make the actual activity. I still really wanted to make something with egg cartons as they’ve been waiting to be used for a long time!

So first I cut them up into separate pieces and asked my daughter to paint them any colours she felt like using. We talked about painting them inside and outside. She insisted on doing the activity by herself as she loves painting . When she was done, I realised she only painted them inside. When I asked her why, she told me she would like to use them that.

That’s when I got the idea to make sort of a flower out of the cartons. I nipped the pieces to make petals, grabbed a straw, paper plate and some playdough. My daughter arranged the playdough on the plate, making a base for the flower. We then stuck the straw in the middle, made holes in the egg carton pieces and put them on the straw. Voila!


Paper Plate Series: Paper Plate and Play Dough Sun

It’s always fun to come up with some new ideas and craft which will engage children!
Here’s what we made today in my class with 2+ year olds: Paper Plate and Play Dough Sun!

You will need:
1 paper plate
Double-sided tape
Crepe paper cut in stripes (or coloured tissue paper)
Sunflower seeds
Play dough (we used this recipe to make ours)
A plastic fork and a plastic knife (optional)

Turn the plate bottom up and put double-sided tape around the outer rim.
Remove the paper off the double-sided tape and stick the stripes of crepe or tissue paper to make the sun rays. It’s a lot of fun and helps children practice their fine motor skills.
When done, turn the plate on the other side and cut the dough with a plastic knife or pinch off the pieces.
Put the pieces of the play dough on the plate and even it all out till it covers the surface of the plate.
You can let children use the fork and sort of rake on top of the play dough to create designs.
Next, take the sunflower seeds either one by one or a few at a time and squeeze them into the play dough.
Let the children come up with all sorts of designs. This is a great sensory and exploration activity. You can learn colors as you stick colorful rays.

  

Note: supervision is required due to choking hazard (sunflower seeds, plastic items, crepe or tissue paper which children may want to put in their mouths).

I hope you enjoy this activity! Thank you for reading my blog.

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