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♥ Summer Herb Camp: Week Six Playing With Science ♥

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 sixth week of summer camp is all about being scientists while having lots of fun!  

Projects and Experiments

These projects and experiments are great ways to introduce kids to some basic scientific concepts while engaging the child in learning about the world around them.  

Just click on the below pictures to get full instructions.

… talk about dissolving solids in liquids and make a saturated solution.  Then use that solution to grow beautiful crystals!

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… make super silly friends that show how oil and water don’t mix.  Plus these friends are a great tool for helping kids calm down when they are upset.  

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... discover the fun or acid/base reactions!

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... talk about the three states of matter while create an aromatic cloud in a pot all while making an aromatic hydrosol.  

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... explore the powers of weather and erosion.  

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... if you haven’t already, visit our previous week of camp when we did lots of fun stuff in the garden.  Here you will find butterfly life cycles; helpful worms and ladybugs; botany with an examination of the inside of a flower; and a couple of fun ways to grow your own plant babies!

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I am so glad you stopped by!  

Please join us again next week!  

More Summer Herb Camp ~

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♥ Summer Herb Camp: Week Five Magical Mighty Mint ♥

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.

♥ Time to play with mint! ♥

Our fifth week of summer camp is all about one of my family’s favorite herbs, mint!  

Projects and Recipes

We have a huge mint patch in our backyard.  It started years ago when I planted a little peppermint plant next to a little spearmint plant.  With the passage of time they have grown and spread, intermingling into a luscious green wonder.  We also have a big whiskey barrel in our yard where chocolate mint plays with a raspberry bush and pansies.  The result is that I have plenty of mint to enjoy with my family.  You don’t need lots of mint to do these projects, just a bit will do.  But if you have a lot of mint, these projects will help you and your kids enjoy it!  

Learn about mint’s properties by clicking here.

Also this week we have some additional projects in the works.  Look for these posts coming up during the week. 

Just click on the below pictures to get full instructions.

… give your kids a hands-on experience of mint with this simple project. 

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… emerse yourself in a day of mint play!  Make fairy crowns and wands made with mint to go along with tasty mint chocolate chip cookies!  Seriously these cookies are fabulous.  We eagerly wait each year for the mint to grow so we can make them together.

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... another way to enjoy the culinary delights of mint because after all mint is so tasty! 

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More Magical Mint Ideas

Enjoy A Mint Bath With One Of The Following Bath Recipes ~

In The Kitchen ~

  • Add chopped mint to fruit salad.
  • Blend fresh mint and watermelon together for a refreshing drink.
  • Infuse fresh mint in your lemonad.e
  • Drink a nice cup of mint infusion.

More ~

  • Smell some mint or mint essential oil and use the scent as inspiration for creating a drawing or painting.
  • Add a couple drops of spearmint essential oil or a bit of fresh chopped mint to warm playdough for an aromatic treat.
  • Put a drop or two of essential oil in a 1/4 cup of corn starch, stir it up well to incorportate the essential oil and use as a cooling foot massage.

Coming Up Later This Week

Look for these posts on the blog during the week!

I am so glad you stopped by!  

Please join us again next week!  

More Summer Herb Camp ~

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♥ Summer Herb Camp: Week Three Garden Adventures ♥

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.

♥ Let’s play in the garden ♥

Our third week of summer camp is all about plants and bugs!

Botany & Gardening

Here are some fun ways to learn about plants, play in the garden and even raise your own “herb babies!”

Just click on the pictures to get full instructions.

… learn about the parts of a flower. 

If tulips are unavailable just look for any other flower with high distinguished flower parts.

If tulips are unavailable just look for any other flower with high distinguished flower parts.

… sprout peas and watch their roots form before your eyes, then plant them in the garden

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... learn about chamomile and grow your own chamomile.  

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… learn about fennel and create a cute little basket to house a little fennel baby.  

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… did you start a fairy garden yet?  This such a fun way to play in the yard.  Make one with edible plants or even dinosaurs!

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Insects & Worms

… explore and recreate a butterfly’s life cycle.

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… make a wormery. 2worm

… play with lady bugs and learn how they help keep our gardens healthy!     2ladys

Visit

Check out this super fun post about Raising Tadpoles on Taming the Goblin.

Seriously what could be more fun or magical?

Ok, ok I have a thing for frogs!

I am so glad you stopped by!  

Please join us again next week for bath time with lots of great crafts for making bath time fun and even special way to enjoy some spa time with friends!  

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A Fairy Gift ~ MYO Edible Fairy Garden Kit

Does your little fairy have a birthday party to go to soon?

Here is a fun project idea for creating a wonderful gift for fairy lovers of all kinds.

A few weeks ago my daughter little V had a birthday party to attend.  We decided to create a make your own fairy garden kit to gift one of her best friends on her special day.  We created a complete enchanted garden in a pot with lots of room for personalization; the perfect present from one fairy loving little girl to another.

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While making this gift think about the friend you are putting it together for and what she/he likes.  And, think small….

Here is a list of what we got for V’s friend ~

  • One big pot with a saucer
  • A bag of dirt
  • Outdoor paints in assorted colors and sponge or paint brushes
  • Little wooden bench for the fairies
  • Fairy sized garden tools
  • Pretty shiny glass rocks
  • A tiny fence
  • Butterflies
  • A fairy that V handcrafted for her friend, click here for directions to MYO!
  • Plants ~ we chose chocolate mint and pansies

The possibilities are endless with this garden.  Choose things you can easily find and that appeal to you and the intended receiver of the gift.  You may find tiny tables and chairs, little houses, wooden signs and chests to paint, birds, bugs and we even saw a little water well.  Most of the things we found at our local Hobby Lobby and garden store.

Other ideas for edible plants include lemon balm, any of the mints, thyme, oregano, anise hyssop, lavender and on and on.  Visit the herb section of your local nursery!

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After placing all the items inside the big pot (like a giant gift basket) we wrapped everything up in a huge gift bag and included a little letter for V’s friend telling her how to assemble her garden and about the plants we included.

The letter went something like this ~

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Inside This Bag You Will Find Everything You Need

To Make Your Own Fairy Herb Garden!  

~ Directions ~

1.  Paint Your Pot, Saucer And Your Bench

2.  Fill Pot With Dirt

3.  Plant Your Violas (Pansies) And Chocolate Mint Plants

4.  Water Your Garden

5.  Install Fence And Walkways Using Shiny Stones

6.  Install Bench

7.  Put In Fairy, Garden Tools And Butterflies

8.  Have Fun And Enjoy

~ About Violas (Pansies) And Chocolate Mint ~

You can pick the pansy flowers off and eat them.  They are tasty in honey, fruit and veggie salads, coated with sugar to make candied pansies and as a decoration for pretty desserts.  

You can pick off the leaves and flowers of the chocolate mint and eat them or use them to make tea.  Mix into food just like the pansies.  Great for tummy aches, for cooling off on a hot summer day and during colds/flu.  Cut the stems right above where a pair of leaves are growing off  the main stem to encourage bushy growth.  

Love V!

Enjoy Your Garden!!

For more fun fairy ideas pop on over our Summer Herb Camp!

MYO Fairy Garden

 

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♥ Summer Herb Camp: Week One Fairy Fun ♥

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.

♥ Let’s visit with the wee fairy folk

Our first week of summer camp is all about fairies!

Below you will find books, projects and even online sites you can visit as you delve into the world of fairies.  Do as many of these activities as you want!  

Books & More

Start your journey into the world of Fae with a couple of lovely books about fairies.  

The Complete Book Of The Flower Fairies

by Cicely Mary Barker

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Have you seen the adorable, beautiful paintings by Cicely Mary Barker?  If you haven’t you are in for a treat!  These are some of our very favorite fairies and if you look around you will find a plethora of books, activities books, figurines and more based on these fairies.  The Complete Book Of The Flower Fairies is a compilation of all the smaller Flower Fairy books by Barker.  Full of beautiful paintings and poems all created by Barker, this book really stimulates and inspires the imagination.  My girls and I adore the delightful little poems and amazing paintings which were done from children modeling as fairies.  

Flower Fairy Alphabet CD

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Another of our favorite’s based on Ms. Barker’s fairies is this wonderful CD.  On this CD Barker’s sweet poems are lovingly set to music.  It really sounds like little fairies singing!  We have spent many happy hours listen to this CD, singing along and then finding the corresponding flowers out in the world.

Fairy Houses

by Tracy Cane

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Go on a magical journey with Kristen in this is lovely book all about creating a fairy house in a beautiful wood using only natural materials (which are preferred by fairies).  If your kids are anything like mine when you finish reading this with them they will be heading outside with great anticipation and excitement over building their own fairy house.   

Projects

Here are some fairy projects full of creativity and fairy magic!  

Just click on the pictures to get full instructions.

♥ Make A Fairy Garden ♥ 

… with edible plants 

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… or even dinosaurs!

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♥ Make Your Very Own Fairy Friend To Join You In The Garden ♥ 

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♥ Craft A Fairy Crown From Roses or Mint ♥ 

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♥ Create A Fairy Snow Globe 

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More Fairy Fun Ideas

Host a Fairy Tea Party with Herbal Treats ~

  • Iced infusions made with the yummiest of herbs like lemon balm, mint or chamomile
  • Bake cookies with mint or lemon balm
  • Sugared Flowers
  • Freeze ice cubes with pretty edible flowers inside to keep your infusion cold
  • Serve dandelion biscuits with rose petal butter

Build A Fairy House ~

Go to one of you favorite places in nature and build a house for the fairies out of natural materials you find around you.  Be sure to check back on your house regularly to see how the fairies are enjoying it!  

Make Fairy Accessories For Your Little Fairy ~

Like wands and crowns and even wings!  There are a lot of amazing ideas for creating your own beautiful fairy accessories online.  Just a quick search away!

Visit

The Magic Onions Fairy Garden Contest ~  check out all the wonderful fairy gardens and get inspired.  Seriously there are some super cute, creative gardens here.  Don’t forget to enter the contest if you make your own fairy garden!

Flower Fairies ~ the official site for Cicely Mary Barker’s fairies and enjoy the online fun and free activity sheets.

Looking for a fairy gift?

Check out A Fairy Git ~ MYO Edible Fairy Garden Kit!

I am so glad you stopped by!  

Please join us again next week for lots of aromatic fun with herbs and essential oils all mixed up together in a classic favorite, play dough! 

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