Getting the kids together to experience an activity in which they can play with their hands, smell the scent of different items and be creative is an excellent way to bond. This kid’s craft is an excellent example of a project that covers all of those bases. Children can make their own “perfume”!
The ingredients you will use include fragrant herbs and flowers, fruits (like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons) as well as food coloring and glitter for “flair”. These will visually and tactilely stimulate your children and help them feel creative.
Step 1: Choose Your Scent and Prep Materials
Take a look at the ingredients you have available and let your kids choose the type of scent they would like to concoct. Chop any fruits needed and gather any herbs or flowers needed. Lay them out on a play-safe table.
Step 2: Snip Your Herbs and Flowers
Your children can either use play-safe scissors or their hands to harvest their flowers and herbs. Have them pluck pedals, rip off leaves or and crush them to release their scents. Place these inside your large mason jar.
Step 3: Choose Some Fruity Scents
Take a look at the available fruits and discuss which ones will mix best with the herbs and flowers you’ve selected. Your kids can smell each one and place their chosen fruits inside the large mason jar.
Step 4: Add Your Flare
Now is the time you can add some glitter and/or food coloring to really make your “perfume” pop. Fill the mason jar about 3/4ths of the way full before adding your chosen flair. Watch the colors of the water change and the glitter disperse! Let sit for about 30 minutes.
Step 5: Bottle Your “Perfume”
Once the elements of your perfume have had time to seep, funnel the ingredients into a smaller spray bottle. You will likely have to assist them and may have to remove the larger pieces of fruit and herbs ahead of time. Once it’s in the bottle, all you’ll have left with is sweet smelling, child-safe liquid.
Step 6: Apply Your Label
Choose a label from the selection of printable labels here. There are pre-named ones as well as blank labels and even a gift label. Choose the one that resonates most with your scent and apply with tape. Alternatively, you can print these on sticker paper and cut out.