Roses

♥ Summer Herb Camp: Final Week, The Sweetness of Rose ♥

Welcome to Mama Rosemary’s Herb Camp

Join us every week for a fun round-up of projects and ideas to do with your kids during the summer.  Each week will have a theme with lots of projects to do using herbs, exploring science and natural, holistic living plus some great crafts for good ol’ fashion fun!  Many projects can be adapted for multiple age ranges depending on your child’s interests and developmental stage.

Our last week of summer camp this year is all about one of the fairest of flowers, roses! 

Do you know that as well as being food for the soul, roses are medicinal and edible?  Kids love roses, really!  Little eyes light up with joy every time we use them at the preschool.  Often they want to give what ever we are making with roses to their mom, so sweet!  

Read about the benefits of roses and rose hips here.

Below you will find a collection of all things roses from Mama Rosemary, plus a few more ideas for spending a lovely summer day with this beautiful gift from nature!

Do as many of these activities as you want!  

Projects

Here are some projects using roses that full of creativity and flower magic!  

Just click on the pictures to get full instructions.

♥ Learn About Roses and Create Beautiful Art ♥ 

… make and try rose tea, rose paint, rose play dough and for the very wee ones, create a sensory bin.

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… make hearts and crowns will baby rose buds!

RoseCollage

… here is another way to make rose hearts, this is gooey, messy and lots of fun!

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… one year I found these cute little grapevine wreaths which we decorated with baby rose buds, spices and glitter.

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♥ Take Good Care and Put Roses In Your Bath 

 

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♥ Get Hands-On With Roses and Dough  

… create aromatic meditative calm with mandalas. 

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… make a beautiful keepsake! 

rosesalt

… enjoy the luscious pleasure of roses and chocolate!

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Recipes and More

 

Make Tasty Treats With Roses ~

  • Make your very own rose hydrosol.  In this post, How To Make A Hydrosol, we focused on making peppermint hydrosol, if you want to make rose hydrosol just substitute rose petals for the peppermint!
  • Rose Hip Jam ~ soak rose hips in unsweetened apple juice overnight and use as a tasty jam high in vitamin C.
  • Rose Butter ~ whip fresh rose petals in softened butter for a beautiful addition to your meals.
  • Add a splash of rose water to whipped cream, ice cream, smoothies and fruit salads

Make Rose Accessories ~

  • Rose Barrettes, coming soon!

~ A Rosy Tidbit ~

Botanically the rose family has lots of plants that are familiar to many of us, including apples, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries, cherries and apricots!

Thank you so much for joining us for Summer Herb Camp!  I hope you had a lot of fun playing with herbs.  

 

For More Camp Fun Please Visit These Links To Previous Weeks ~

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Rose ‘n’ Salt Dough Finger Prints For Mother’s Day

Precious little hands stay tiny for such a short while.  I am so in love with making a keepsake of this very special time, of those amazingly beautiful little fingers and palms.

dough prints

Pink rose petals in this dough are to symbolize love and motherhood, plus they give the dough a very delicate fragrance.

pink rose petals

I did this simple little project both at home with my girls and at the preschool, making two different versions.  At home we made a big plaque with both my big girls hands pressed into the dough, their thumbs overlapping.  The kids at the preschool cut out hearts from the rosy salt dough and pressed their fingers into the dough.  Both versions are totally cute and precious!

~ Materials ~

This makes enough dough for 15 hearts about 2″ by 3″ and one 8″ by 6″ plaque.  You can cut the recipe it in half if you want!

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of salt
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water, rose tea or rose-water for fragrance
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fluffy pink rose petals
  • straw
  • heart-shaped cookie cutter, optional
  • ribbons
  • sharpie marker, optional

~ Instructions ~

  • Blend together the flour, salt,  cream of tartar and rose petals.  
  • Next add the water a little bit at a time until you get a nice doughy consistency that holds together but is not sticky.  I did this all in my Kitchen Aid the night before going into the preschool and it was easy!  You could certainly mix this up with the kids too, which I am sure they would enjoy.  
  • At this point you are ready to make your shapes and prints, or you can refrigerate the dough in an air tight bag if, like me, you won’t be using it until the next day.  
  • Roll or press the dough out.

dough all pressed out

  • Either shape the dough to desired shape or cut out heart shapes with your cookie cutter.
  • Press the child’s hand into the dough.  You may need to talk with them about spreading their fingers apart.  Most of the kids I worked with instinctively placed their hand on the dough with their fingers all held together.  Also you may need to help them press their fingers into the dough.

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  • Use the straw to poke a little hole for hanging.
  • Dry these in the oven at a low temp for a couple of hours.  Be sure to keep a close eye on them and flip them half way through the drying process.  Or you can let them air dry for a couple of days.
  • Use the sharpie to write the child’s name and their age or the date on the back of the heart/plaque and add a pretty ribbon for hanging.

fingers

You could also paint these with modge podge to preserve them.  Or you could let the kiddos paint them to add a nice little personal touch.  Because we used the roses we aren’t going to paint ours so we can see and smell the roses!

A little poem to go with this sweet gift would be a lovely addition.  I found all a wonderful collection of poems on Can Teach.  Most of them make me tear up thinking about my own little ones growing up so very fast!

Mother's Day 2013

More Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts ~

Some Sweet Foot Lovin’ For Mother’s Day

When I was researching this project I found a lot of wonderful salt dough recipes to choose from.  Here are two that I used the most for inspiration:

Create, Craft, Love and eHow Mom

Are you making gifts for Mother’s Day this year?

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Rosy Oatmeal Bath

Heart opening roses in the bath restores the nervous system while cleansing and toning the skin.

Oatmeal in the bath creates a rich mucilage that is extremely soothing to dry skin.  

Rose Geranium eases nervous tension and rejuvenates skin.

Pure simple delight!  

Rosy Oatmeal Bath

~ Make your very own Rosy Oatmeal bath  ~

In a cloth or muslin bag wrap:

  • 1 to 2 large handfuls of dried rose petals or rose buds (organic please!)
  • 1 to 2 large handfuls of oatmeal

Toss the bundle in the tub and fill with the hottest water from your faucet.  Let your bundle steep in the tub until the water is cool enough for bathing about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the heat of your water.

Next Add:

  • 6 to 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil
  • a handful of epsom salt, optional

Climb in and enjoy this super soothing, comforting bath!  Be sure to squeeze and squish your bundle of roses and oatmeal to liberate the slippery, milky goodness from the oats.  Use your bundle as a nice gentle scrub all over your body.  I even put some on my face and let it remain there for a while to nourish my skin.  Oh so simple and lovely…

After my bath ~

My skin was soft, so soft!  I felt truly relaxed, nourished and ready for the rest of my day.

If you are following me on the Nourishing Mama Mission, this is the third bath recipe to add to The Art of Bathing.  Thanks for reading and happy bathing!

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Flower ‘n’ Spice Play Dough Mandalas

Flowers ‘n’ spice and everything nice went into these lovely little mandalas!

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“What’s a mandala Ms. Angela?” was the immediate question I received after telling the kids what would be making together. While showing the kids a mandala coloring sheet I brought in for them, I explained that a mandala is a circle with a center.  It has patterns.  “As you work on a mandala,” I explained, “you become calm and reflect on the beautiful parts inside yourself.”

Inspiration for this project came directly from Nuture Store’s wonderful post about Play Dough Rangoli Mandalas.  The instant I saw these mandalas I knew I would have to make them (with an herbal flare) at the preschool as part of our unit on Mindful Self Care.

herbal mandalas

Materials ~

  • Play Dough (To enhance relaxation during this project I made play dough scented with lavender essential oil and colored lightly with beet powder.)
  • Lids of some sort ~ like the lids from yogurt containers or jars
  • Pretty botanicals to design with ~ we used baby rose buds, hawthorn berries, star anise and tiny fragrant cardamom seeds.

mandala botanicals

Directions ~

  • Set up your materials on a table.  I laid out the botanicals on a paint palate and put lids in the center of the table.
  • Give the children a brief age-appropriate description of a mandala.
  • Have each child choose a lid and write their name on the bottom.
  • Give them some play dough to press into their lid.  Remind them that a mandala is a circle and to press their play dough up to the edges of the lid.  You might need to help really little kids.
  • Then let them design!  You might want to tell the children to press the herbs into the play dough so the herbs will stick.
  • On a separate table, if you wish set up coloring materials and mandala coloring sheets for the children to enjoy as well.  A quick search online will give you lots of mandala coloring sheet to choose from.

creating a mandala

Our finished mandalas smelled amazing!  Some of the children really got into this project.  I could see and feel their minds and bodies relaxing as they carefully pressed each plant into their play dough.  They would pick up a plant, smell it taking a deep breath and then place it in the perfect spot on their play dough canvas.

herbal mandala

More Mindful Self Care For Children ~

Meditation Friends

An Aromatic State Of Mind

More Play Dough Fun ~

Herbal Play Dough

A Happy First Day of Preschool With Calming Aromatherapy

Cinnamon Day ~ Herbs For Kids ~

Rose and Chocolate Play Dough

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Rose And Chocolate Play Dough For Valentine’s Day

Who doesn’t love roses and chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

Valentine Play Dough

Here is a fun, crafty way to share these two Valentine Day favorites with the kids in your life.

 

Rose Play Dough

rose play dough

Colored with beet powder and bedecked with silver glitter!

Ingredients ~

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water (can substitute rose tea or rose-water if desired)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • about a 1/4 cup dried rose petals crushed a bit
  • about a 1/4 cup beet powder or powdered roses
  • 5 to 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil (how many drops depends on your nose!)

Instructions ~ Combine dry ingredients in a sauce pan.  Add the water and oil.  Stir together and heat slowly over low heat.  Stir almost constantly until the play dough sets up.  Let it cool to warm before playing, play dough right off the stove is hot.

Chocolate Play Dough

chocolate play dough

Ingredients ~

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water (can substitute rose tea or rose-water if desired)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, add more if needed
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 5 to 6 drops any combination of cocoa absolute and sweet orange essential oils, if desired.
  • Splash of vanilla extract

Instructions ~  Follow the instructions above for making rose play dough.

Double, triple or quadruple these recipes if making play dough for a large group.

 

Fun Ways To Use Valentine’s Day Play Dough ~

  • Make little “treats” for your child to hand out at school.  Wrap a small ball (or make into little hearts) of each kind of play dough in a plastic bag, tie with a lovely ribbon and add a little heart-felt note to complete the Valentine.  Makes a wonderful substitute for the sugary candy treats normally handed out this time of year.
  • Take a nice big batch of each play dough into your child’s school or to a playdate and let the kids enjoy.  Supply baby rose buds, cinnamon sticks, glitter and heart cookie cutters to enhance play.
  • Give a batch to your little one on Valentine’s Day, makes a great present.

More please….

Valentine’s Day Crafts:

Play Dough Recipes and Crafts:

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