Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Something for Mom, Something for the Kids

Remember that Reverse Works for Me Wednesday? Well I had a dilemma about air freshners that day. I can't stand the chemical after smell of all aerosal air freshners, but sometimes a girl just needs/wants the room to smell nice. A lot of you suggested yummy smelling candles, and I love a really nice smelling candle. Right now I have Yankee Farmhouse Apple in my kitchen. Yummy! But during the day with 6 little ones running around I can't be burning candles. So I still had a bit of a dilemma.

Until last week when I found this:

What is that contraption, you ask? It's a reed diffuser. The jar holds beautiful smelling oil and you place the reeds inside. The reeds do their thing and soak up the oil and as the air moves around the reeds it diffuses a lovely smell that is not overwhelming but there in the background. No chemical smell, no fuss, no muss, just luscious fragrance. It lasts forever and looks cool. I just have to have it out of reach so it doesn't get dumped. This one is grapefruit vanilla. I've also got SweetPea and White Lily. Aaaah. Luscious I tell you.
And I just found out that Shannon will be hosting another Reverse WFMW tomorrow. So get your questions ready!

In keeping with celebrating fall, my favorite time of year, I would be remiss if I didn't do some kind of craft with all those leaves that my back yard collects.

So we made our own picture of fall trees. So easy and fun to do.

You need: a large sheet of construction paper, brown tempra paint, white glue, q-tips or craft paintbrushes, lots of leaves that are not yet crunchy and dry.

To make the trunk and branches of the tree, paint the child's hand, palm side, and arm right up to their elbow with the brown paint.

Have them spread their little fingers as wide as they can and then lay their arm onto the construction paper to make the print. You might have to help the smaller ones so they don't squiggle and smear it on the paper otherwise you get a very smeared tree.

This must now dry before you can go on. So now is when we went out and played in the leaves and collected for the rest of the picture. I took the colored leaves right off the trees because they were still fresh and not dried out and crumbly. Pinch off the stems.

When the paint is dry, give the child the leaves, and a small container with white glue and let them "paint" glue on the back of the leaves and glue on their "tree" and falling on the ground.

This is a great time to talk about fall and what happens to the leaves, colors, back and front. Small children will need to have it explained that the fingers of their hands are the branches of the tree and the arm is the trunk. It's very interesting to note how each child interprets it. Some will just glue leaves all over the place willy, nilly while others will be quite particular about keeping all the leaves on the top of the tree while others will make very particular lines of leaves falling to the bottom.

You can finish it off with some cotton ball clouds.


Chappyswife said...

What a great idea!

I received my book! Thank you so much, Susanne! I can't wait to read it.

Kelli said...

what a great thing, that reed diffuser- I'll have to look for that. at the moment, I'm settling for a pan of hot water with cinnamon sticks on the stove.

ellen b said...

love your craft and your essencia sounds yummy smelling...

Linda said...

You are a great teacher. Those moms are lucky to have their kids in your dayhome!

Beck said...

That reed diffuser is a BRILLIANT thing! I think I'll get it for a friend of mine for Christmas this year.
Great craft!

FlipFlop Mom said...

Oh those crafts are so darling!!!!!! Fall colors have come and gone.. so fast.. sniff sniff...

I love those reed airfreshners!!!

gail@more than a song said...

What a cute craft! I bet the parents are so happy to have their kids with you.
And that reed thing is quite interesting, not sure I've heard of it before.

Shalee said...

You're so stinkin' smart.

And I've seen those reed diffusers in stores, but I hadn't considered purchasing one... I may just reconsider!

Carol said...

Beautiful! I love it. We did something similar when my kids were small. But we used construction paper leaves and wrote one thing each day on the leaves that we were thankful for - one leaf for each family member per day filled that tree up quickly!

Oh, the fun we had when they were small!

Molly Coddled said...

Reed diffuser - definitely on my list of must haves now, thanks.

The project tells me that you are doing what you're good at, that's for sure. If I lived by you and if I had young ones and I had a job, I would totally drop them off at your house. Ya know, even if I didn't have a job you may find them on your doorstep. :)

Michelle said...

oh thank you for posting that wonderful idea..have to try it.:)

dcrmom said...

I just love those reed diffusers. So pretty. I've bought them for gifts before, but I don't have one of my own.