With our trusty collection baskets in hand, Isabel, Sean and I headed for our herb garden to collect the makings for an herbal potpourri! Items needed: collecting basket, herb garden, small containers for potpourri. Old baby food jars work great and are the perfect size for little hands.
Isabel and Sean got right to work picking as many herbs as they could.
They paused frequently the give the herbs a sniff. As your child is taking time to, "Stop and smell the roses", be sure that you are identifying each individual herb they are smelling. Thus extending their learning experience and expanding their vocabulary.
Once a suitable amount of herbs have been collected, it is time to head to your indoor work space. There really is no recipe for this potpourri. You can use whatever herbs you have on hand. Hardy perennial herbs do work best though: Thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, or lavender for example.
Encourage your children to begin tearing the herbs into small pieces to place into your potpourri containers. We didn't have any baby food jars on hand, but really any small beautiful container will do. Be sure to carefully supervise young children if using glass or ceramic containers. This is an opportunity to help them learn about using gentle hands and treating fragile items carefully.
Isabel giving her completed potpourri, a final sniff test.
Once your potpourri is complete, find it a home in your kitchen, dinning room or bathroom. It will add a beautiful scent to any space. Guests arriving to your home will imagine you must be cooking up something tasty. Once the potpourri seems to be losing its muster, simply pick a few more herbs to add in.
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