Soap Making with little hands

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This project is a hundred times easier than you think!  So dive in!

Go to bulk apothecary and order a melt and pour soap base, such as Shea butter.

Once it arrives, put in Christmas music, make hot cocoa and get ready for crafting.

Line muffin tins with paper liners or use cute shaped silicone ones for bonus points.  Have essential oils (lavender is especially nice, check they are safe for use on skin), food coloring and dried flowers or herbs.

Take the giant bars of soap, chop them into smaller cubes, around 2 inches in size.  Place in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat for 30 seconds at a time until melted.  Stir as needed.

Once completely melted, very quickly add 8 drops of essential oils and 5 to 10 drops of food coloring depending on preference.  Don’t go too slow here or it will harden.

Pour into mold and sprinkle dried flowers or herbs.  Let it cool and use as is, or make a second layer in a different color.  Just pour it on gently and make sure the color/scent goes well together.

This is a very simple project to do with little ones, and a nice Christmas present too.

Native Heritage month

November is Native American heritage month.  Yesterday, we attended a wonderful story and song evening hosted by Debra Morningstar at our nearby art gallery.  She is an Oneida native and part of the turtle clan.  We have a sprinkle of Native American in our family tree, so it was great for the kids to gain that exposure.

After the story time, the kids had a chance to make a story stick.  Owen mainly played with the sticks, but the other kids got very excited about this project and continued to work on it again this morning.

The sticks are intended to tell your story, so you can choose fabric or natural found objects to tell about your history, heritage, or preferences.  The kids were excited to find out that they could even bring their sticks to a real pow-wow.  Of course Caleb wants to attend one now, so locating a public one will be a fun project.

Sunday afternoon

We curled up on the couch reading, the Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis, a captivating novel about a young boy who aspires to be a goldsmith, despite having a cruel step brother who gets him involved in a crime.  For the younger kids we have been enjoying Pelle’s new suit.  Some of our favorite books this week were: the boy who held back the sea, pumpkin jack, the fisherman’s wife (Grimm’s fairy tale), the swamp angel and we are enjoying the King with horse’s ears and other Irish folktales, although I have had to skip a story or two because of our age level.

Owen is always finding ways to use our rainbow silk.  Belle was busy finger knitting and Caleb made us a big fire in the fireplace.