I am sorry for not posting anything for a week. I was busy last weekend and didn’t really feel motivated this week to do any posting (though I really wanted to do this post). So I have finally kicked myself into gear and getting this post done!
I had a great Mother’s Day, I didn’t do anything really special just hung out with my mom for the weekend which was nice. For Mother’s Day little Bean gave me some solar lights shaped like flowers to put in our garden (he is really proud of our garden) and he also gave a pack of Reese’s because he knows its my favorite candy:) I love my little bean, he is so thoughtful.
However I wanted to share what I did with my preschool class for Mother’s Day. I searched around on Pinterest for ideas and came up with the following things to do: hand cutout cards (I know very generic), homemade bath soap (the kids loved doing this) and homemade bath salts/foot soak.
We spent a week making all of these things (making it, drying time, assembling, etc). We first started with the cards by folding a piece of construction paper in half, hotdog style. I then traced the child’s hand onto the piece of paper but made sure that their thumb and pointer finger were on the crease. Cutout the hand print and when you unfold it, where the thumb and pointer finger connect it will make a heart shape. We then glued the hands into a card, put a poem on the front and helped the children sign their names on their card. I didn’t take any pictures of us making the cards but there is a picture at the bottom of this post that shows “the finished product” including the card. Here’s a link to the blog where I got the idea for the handprints from (I don’t know what language it is in but the pictures show you easily what to do)
Also here is the poem we put on the front of our cards. I have seen this poem throughout the web so I don’t have a specific site to give credit to for it.
This is my hand.
My hand will do
A thousand loving things for you
And you will remember
When I am tall…
That once my hand
Was just this small.
After the cards we then made the soap because it needed several days to dry. You need the following things to make our Homemade Soap:
A bar of Ivory Soap (however many you think you need)
paper towels, wax paper or parchment paper (to put the soap on)
cookie cutters, small molds, etc. (optional)
First put a bar of unwrapped ivory soap in the microwave on a paper towel, wax paper or parchment paper. Then turn the microwave on for 3 minutes (it takes less than that but that will give you plenty of time) and watch what happens!
A Soap Cloud! The children really loved watching the soap “grow” and become a Soap Cloud. We made 3 Soap Clouds so there would be enough soap for everyone. The Soap Cloud was kinda warm so I didn’t let the children touch them until after they were all broken up.
After we made the Soap Clouds they were then put into a large bowl and crumbled into a powder using my hands. You could stop here with the project and just let the kids play with the Soap Clouds and powder, maybe pretend its snow or use the soap powder for another project (if anyone has ideas of what you could do with soap powder let me know by posting a comment and maybe I’ll feature it in another blog post).
(Me crumbling up the Soap Cloud)
However we wanted to go further and make Homemade Soap so we continued onto the next step.
I added water to the soap powder and mixed it together until it became kinda like play dough (slightly drier). I then gave a ball of soap to each child and had them press it into the cookie cutter of their choice. Make sure the soap is firmly packed in so it wont crumble or fall apart when being removed from the cookie cutter. We let the soap dry for two days and then removed them from the cookie cutters. If you don’t have cookie cutters or small molds you can just let the children squish the soap into whatever shape they want and let it dry that way too.
Homemade Soap after the children first put them in the cookie cutters (sorry for the bad editing)
Next we made the Bath Salts. Here’s a list of what you need:
Essential Oil (we used Ylang-Ylang)
Our recipe called for us to put 20 drops of essential oil in for every 2 cups of epsom salt. I put the drops of essential oil in and then we let the children take turns stirring it. After it was well mixed we covered the bowl with seran wrap and let it sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours we put 1/2 a cup into snack baggies (that’s enough for 1 bath or 2-3 foot soaks).
Adding the salt
Adding the essential oil
So after a week of fun and the classroom smelling really pretty here is the end result. The Mother’s all really loved their gifts and thought they were adorable.
We put the soap in a snack baggy with crumpled tissue paper to dress it up and protect it. Though not pictured on the inside of the card where the handprints are we wrote Happy Mother’s Day and had the children (with assistance) sign their name. We also hole punched and threaded the bags together with a little note explaining what the children made and how much bath salt to use for a bath or foot soak.