DIY Plaster Aroma Stones for Essential Oils (That Double As Kids Sidewalk Chalk)

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Learn how to make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick and easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother’s Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves. Turns out these essential oil aroma stones actually double as kids sidewalk chalk. So it’s the perfect 2-for-1 activity when you need things to do when bored, or are looking for creative kids crafts to keep your little angelic demons out of your hair. Keep reading to discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child.

Learn how to make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick and easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for DIY Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. The perfect 2-for-1 activity when you need things to do when bored, or are looking for creative kids crafts to keep your little angelic demons out of your hair. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils now.

Last week I got into a groove and started getting crafty. I was going to rock being stuck at home. Unfortunately, it turns out that adult fears outweigh that childhood boredom that kept me entertained as a Gen X latchkey kid. Because my increasing anxiety kicked everything up a notch, including the fibro. And there’s no amount of knocking boots or edibles that can get me back into my magic zen zone.

Everyday is just one day at a time right now. Slowing down and a lot of self care. Hoping things don’t get worse. Worrying that no one I know gets sick. Crossing fingers, legs and toes that my friends who’ve lost their jobs are going to pull through this with some hope (and sanity) left intact. It’s crazy out there. And I’m worried. But I think it’s important to remember that we are not alone. If we stick together as a community and look out for each other, we’ll all be okay. In the meantime, get back to basics by crafting! It’s basically art therapy for stress. (Plus it’ll likely help you cope better than day drinking. Those cortisol spikes cause some pretty wicked insomnia.)

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Unplugged Kids Crafts & Activities

I know some of you still have kids at home bored out of their minds. So it can be hard to drag them away from video games and the internet. Since I’m apparently old enough to now be confused with a boomer (Um, hello. My PARENTS are boomers. They are in their 70s.) I have all kinds of ideas for unplugged kids crafts and activities that I did as a child. Because Atari was about as good as it got back then. And I was never great about the whole hand eye coordination thing. 

  • Mix dirt with grass and water to make pinch pot pottery.
  • Learn about edible weeds and herbs by foraging for salads.
  • Create an at home restaurant with food, menus and money hand drawn onto paper, then cut out with scissors.
  • Bake cookies and brownies and grilled cheese.
  • Make paper dolls.
  • Attach multiple sheets of paper together with tape, then draw roads on them for toy cars.
  • Dig up the yard to make roads for toy cars.
  • Use kids sidewalk chalk to draw roads on the cul-de-sac for biking.
  • Play dress up with other family members’ clothing, complete with a photo shoot.
  • Make furniture for dolls using upcycled cardboard and other found materials.
  • Write a zine or start a journal.
  • Craft a wearable mermaid’s tail from newspaper, tape and aluminum foil.
  • Slam your brother’s finger in a door. When he gets you back, compare blood blisters.
  • Make a terrarium with dirt and moss from the great outdoors.
  • Use scraps of paper to create mosaic art.
  • Sew easy felt finger puppets.

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They can also make this awesome kids sidewalk chalk. Or DIY plaster aroma stones. Whatever you prefer to call them. Simply whip them up in a fun mold (I used my soap making molds) and have at it. 

Easy DIY essential oil aroma stones. A simple craft project for making an essential oil diffuser using plaster of Paris. Not only are these DIY plaster aroma stones perfect for adding fragrance to your home, they're also and easy kids craft that the kids can make for homemade Mother's Day gifts. Learn how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oil blends, try out my favorite essential oil blend and learn how to make a relaxing aromatherapy essential oil blend.

What Are Aroma Stones?

You may be wondering, what is an aroma stone? An aroma stone is basically just unglazed pottery. It’s used as a fragrance diffuser for fragrance oils or essential oils by simply adding drops of your scent of choice to the stone. You can make aroma stones using air dry clay. You can also make DIY plaster aroma stones using plaster. By adding colored mica powder, you can easily add fun colors to your aroma stones. And utilize them as kids sidewalk chalk as well. Here’s how it’s done.

Make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick & easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child. And learn how to make essential oil aroma stones as a family fun activity. And a relaxing essential oil blend for your diffuser.

DIY Plaster Aroma Stones (Or Kids Sidewalk Chalk)

Ingredients:

1 cup plaster
3/4 cup water
2.5 grams mica powder

Materials:

Silicone mold
Mixing bowls
Mixing utensils
Measuring cup

Make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick & easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child. And learn how to make essential oil aroma stones as a family fun activity. And a relaxing essential oil blend for your diffuser.

Directions for Making DIY Plaster Aroma Stones:

I made my DIY plaster aroma stones the same way I did my essential oil ornaments. There’s not a huge difference in the process. I used four parts plaster to three parts water with a full size sample package of mica powder for color to create these.

This recipe always works for making kids sidewalk chalk, however, the colors are pretty pastel. For bolder colors, if you’d like your DIY plaster aroma stones to double as kids sidewalk chalk, simply double or triple the amount of mica powder used.

You can also easily increase or decrease the size of my recipe for DIY plaster aroma stones simply by resizing it as needed. Just adhere to the four parts plaster to three parts water ratio. The addition of mica won’t make any difference in the outcome of your DIY plaster aroma stones as far as them holding together.

Make DIY plaster aroma stones for a quick & easy essential oil diffuser. This easy DIY craft project is perfect for the kids to make for Mother's Day gifts. Plus they can create extras to use themselves as kids sidewalk chalk. Discover how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for essential oils. Plus easy DIY ideas for kids crafts and activities that I loved as a child. And learn how to make essential oil aroma stones as a family fun activity. And a relaxing essential oil blend for your diffuser.

Once you’ve gathered all the supplies and materials you need to make your DIY plaster aroma stones, use a measuring cup to measure out the plaster and water into separate containers.

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Add the mica powder to the dry plaster and mix well.

Essential oil aroma stones DIY. A quick and easy alternative to an essential oil diffuser for a home fragrance. Enjoy aromatherapy with this easy adult craft project for making DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oils blends. These portable take anywhere essential oil diffusers are perfect for essential oils or fragrance oils to scent your home. Plus try my relaxing essential oil blend for your aroma stone diffuser to promote calm and reduce anxiety during stressful periods.

You want the color to be evenly incorporated throughout the plaster.

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Once you’ve mixed the plaster and mica powder for your DIY plaster aroma stones, stir in the water. Continue mixing until there are no clumps and the plaster is completely fluid.

Easy DIY essential oil aroma stones. A simple craft project for making an essential oil diffuser using plaster of Paris. Not only are these DIY plaster aroma stones perfect for adding fragrance to your home, they're also and easy kids craft that the kids can make for homemade Mother's Day gifts. Learn how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oil blends, try out my favorite essential oil blend and learn how to make a relaxing aromatherapy essential oil blend.

Now pour the colored plaster into your silicone mold. I used these silicone flower molds. The smaller of these two molds will make three DIY plaster aroma stones or kids sidewalk chalk in a single color.

Now use your finger, a spatula or another utensil to pop any air bubbles that may be present. You can also try tapping the mold lightly on your surface area to remove air bubbles. However, I found this challenging as the mold isn’t sturdy.

Easy DIY essential oil aroma stones. A simple craft project for making an essential oil diffuser using plaster of Paris. Not only are these DIY plaster aroma stones perfect for adding fragrance to your home, they're also and easy kids craft that the kids can make for homemade Mother's Day gifts. Learn how to make my DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oil blends, try out my favorite essential oil blend and learn how to make a relaxing aromatherapy essential oil blend.

Allow the DIY plaster aroma stones to set up completely. It will take them about 20 minutes or so to fully harden. Once hardened, you can unmold them.

To make additional DIY plaster aroma stones or kids sidewalk chalk in more colors, simply repeat the process using a different color than the first.

How to Use Your DIY Plaster Aroma Stones:

To use your DIY plaster aroma stones, add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil blend to the tops of the stone. One of my favorite blends right now is Simply Earth’s Tranquility essential oil blend. I find this blend especially helpful during times of stress. (Especially when I can’t find TP anywhere! Am I right?)

You can also create an aromatherapy essential oil blend to reduce stress and promote relaxation for your DIY plaster aroma stones. Simply combine 10 drops manuka essential oil, 10 drops bergamot essential oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil in an amber glass bottle. Then swirl to combine. Then add the blend to your plaster aroma stone to help ease away stressors and promote calm.

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Kids sidewalk chalk DIY. Quick and easy kids craft idea for hours of fun playing. Enjoy sidewalk chalk kids activities or make sidewalk chalk art for a family fun activities everyone can enjoy. An easy DIY sidewalk chalk tutorial that uses just 3-ingredients - water, plaster of Paris and mica powder. You'll craft your own colored sidewalk chalk that's ready in about 30-minutes for tons of unplugged kids activities that are fun when you need things to do when bored.

How to Use Your Aroma Stones as Kids Sidewalk Chalk:

Using your DIY Plaster Aroma Stones as kids sidewalk chalk is a snap. Simply add additional mica, if desired, when making your stones for that extra color pop. Then give your kids some chalk to play with and enjoy! It works great on streets, sidewalks and paving stones. And, of course, parents and adults can join in the fun too! (You’re never too old to be creative.)

You can find some great ideas for sidewalk chalk art here. Or check out these sidewalk chalk games.

Essential oil aroma stones DIY. A quick and easy alternative to an essential oil diffuser for a home fragrance. Enjoy aromatherapy with this easy adult craft project for making DIY plaster aroma stones for your favorite essential oils blends. These portable take anywhere essential oil diffusers are perfect for essential oils or fragrance oils to scent your home. Plus try my relaxing essential oil blend for your aroma stone diffuser to promote calm and reduce anxiety during stressful periods.

Like my project for making DIY plaster aroma stones? Then make sure you pin this project to Pinterest for later!

If you love home fragrances, then also be sure to try out my DIY reed diffuser with essential oils as well as my DIY wax melts with beeswax.

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Play Dough Soap DIY: A Fun Kids Activity That Encourages Hand Washing

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Encourage hand washing and make bath time fun with this play dough soap recipe, made with liquid Castile soap. This DIY play dough bath soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. Don’t have liquid Castile soap on hand? Try it with body wash or baby shampoo. You can even scent these with kid safe essential oils for aromatherapeutic bath time fun! A creative, kid-approved project to try when you’re stuck indoors, this project is perfect for those who homeschool or have bored children at home.

Play Dough Soap DIY: A Kids Activity for Bath Time Fun. Make hand washing and bath time fun with this soap play dough recipe with liquid castile soap. This DIY play doh soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. You can even scent these with a kid safe blend of natural essential oils for aromatherapeutic bath time fun! A creative, kid-approved project to try when you're stuck indoors, this project is perfect for those who homeschool or have bored children at home.

Growing up, my son used to spend hours playing with Play-Doh at the table. He would squish, squeeze, and mold the dough into different shapes and then smush it into a ball and start over again. This play dough soap recipe feels just like Play-Doh, but it’s made with the same liquid castile soap you use to wash your hands and body.

Older kids can help make this play dough bath soap recipe, too, and it’s a fun sensory activity. Just be careful that they don’t touch the melted coconut oil, as it is hot. You’ll also want to take care that the oil has cooled before they start kneading the soap play dough.

Play Dough Soap DIY: A Kids Activity for Bath Time Fun. Make hand washing and bath time fun with this soap play dough recipe with liquid castile soap. This DIY play doh soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. You can even scent these with a kid safe blend of natural essential oils for aromatherapeutic bath time fun! A creative, kid-approved project to try when you're stuck indoors, this project is perfect for those who homeschool or have bored children at home.

What is Play Dough Soap?

Play dough soap feels just like real Play-Doh, but it’s a soap. It lathers and washes your hands and body just like soap, but it’s also fun for kids to play with.

You can mold it into shapes and let it air dry for a custom bar of soap. Or you can store it in an airtight container to use it as a dough. Kids like playing with squishy dough, so they will probably like the softer soap better.

You can also use this play dough bath soap to make shapes to place on top of your melt and pour soap or cold process soap. They don’t get as hard as soap, so they may get dinged up if you are shipping them or transporting them to shows to sell.

How Do You Store Play Dough Soap?

If you keep your play dough soap stored in an airtight container, it will last for a few months. You can pinch off some as needed to use as a soap or to mold into fun shapes.

Keep in mind, however, that play dough soap will dry out if it’s not covered. You can shape it and let it dry if you want. When you want to use it, you’ll just need to get it wet and pinch off a piece to use.

Play Dough Soap Recipe. A fun kids crafts projects idea for kids bored at home. Make hand washing and bath time fun with this DIY soap play dough recipe with liquid Castile soap. This DIY play doh soap is easy to make, and older kids can even make it themselves. Scent this fun homemade soap dough with kid safe essential oils for aromatherapy fun at bath time. A creative, kid-approved rainy day craft project for homeschool and bored kids.

How to Make Play Dough Soap

Making DIY play dough bath soap is really easy and only requires a few ingredients — many of which you probably already have in your kitchen pantry. The must have ingredients for this soap play dough recipe are cornstarch, liquid soap and coconut oil. Mica powder, which is used as a colorant, as well as essentials oils to scent your soap play doh are completely optional.

Liquid Castile Soap

The liquid Castile soap in this recipe is what really washes your or your child’s skin. I recommend using Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure Liquid Castile Soap.

You can use your favorite baby wash or body wash. If you use a scented one, omit the essential oils. Using a body wash will probably give you more lather since they have additives to create more suds.

A true liquid castile soap made with olive oil won’t have a lot of lather. Depending on the brand that you use, there may not be a lot of lather. That’s okay. You don’t need lather to get clean.

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Coconut Oil

I added some coconut oil to make this play dough bath soap recipe more moisturizing. Since coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, it also firms this soap so it’s more like a dough. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so the soap will soften as you play with it.

You can add another carrier oil or omit it completely. If you do add a liquid carrier oil, you may need to add more cornstarch. I recommend sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. They are all dry oils that will soak into the skin quickly.

Mica Powder

I used mica powder to color my play dough soap recipe because it won’t stain your hands or skin. Food coloring can also be used, but it will stain your hands as you make the soap dough and when you use it. It can also stain your sink or bathtub when you use the soap.

Mica powder also has a wider range of colors. I wanted the scents to mostly match the colors, and that can be difficult with food coloring.

Kid Safe Essential Oils for Making DIY Play Dough Bath Soap for Kids. Learn how to make play dough soap as a fun DIY kids crafts projects idea for kids bored at home. Make hand washing and bath time fun with this play dough bath soap recipe made with liquid Castile soap. This DIY play dough bath soap is easy to make, and older kids can make it themselves. Scent this fun homemade soap dough with kid safe essential oils for aromatherapy fun at bath time. A creative rainy day craft project.

Essential Oils

If you’re making this soap play dough recipe for kids, it’s important to use only kid safe essential oils. Essential oils are generally safe for kids over two or kids over ten.

Some fun essential oils for kids are:
Lime essential oil (10+) for alertness
Lemon essential oil (2+) for clarity
Sweet Orange essential oil (2+) is uplifting
Lavender essential oil (2+) is relaxing
Frankincense essential oil (2+) to clear the mind

I specifically used Simply Earth essential oils for my soap dough recipe. They offer quality essentials at great prices. And I’m a huge fan of their monthly essential oil recipe box! (Use coupon code: SOAPDELIFREE when you subscribe to the box for a coupon for $40 off your next purchase. You do NOT have to subscribe to buy individual oils.)

Ready to get started? You’ll find the recipe for making DIY soap dough for your kids below!

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Play Dough Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup cornstarch, plus more for kneading
½ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Mica powder
8-9 drops kid safe essential oil

Directions:

 To make DIY play dough soap, place the cornstarch in a medium sized bowl. Then add the liquid Castile soap the same bowl with the cornstarch.

How to make play dough bath soap by mixing coconut oil, liquid Castile soap and cornstarch

Now melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. Pour the melted coconut oil over the cornstarch and soap mixture. Stir the ingredients together until the mixture is thoroughly combined. It will be runny.

If you want to make several colors of soap dough, separate the dough into two or more bowls.

Adding mica to color homemade soap play dough bath soap

Then add mica and essential oils, as desired. You want to use 9-10 total drops of essential oils for the entire batch of soap dough. I made three colors, so I used 3 drops per color. If you make four colors, use two drops per color.

Mixing diy soap play doh with extra cornstarch to give it a play doh like texture

Next, put some cornstarch down on a clean surface. Place the soap dough on the cornstarch and start kneading until it turns into a shapeable dough. You can add more cornstarch as needed. I added about 2 tablespoons for each of the three colors.

Play Dough Soap Recipe for Kids. Learn how to make play dough soap as a fun DIY kids crafts projects idea for kids bored at home. Make hand washing and bath time fun with this play dough bath soap recipe made with liquid Castile soap. This DIY play dough bath soap is easy to make, and older kids can make it themselves. Scent this fun homemade soap dough with kid safe essential oils for aromatherapy fun at bath time. A creative rainy day craft project for homeschool projects and bored kids.

How to Use Play Dough Soap:

To use your soap dough, pinch off a small amount and use like soap. It will fully dissolve and disappear in the water.

Storing Play Dough Bath Soap:

You can store this soap dough recipe in an airtight container to keep it soft. It will stay soft for several days, depending on how much it is exposed to the air.

You can also make shapes with it and let it air dry. It will soften once it gets wet again.

I don’t recommend letting your kids play with this in the tub. If it gets wet for long enough, it will dissolve.

Although this soap recipe is natural, don’t let children who put things in their mouths use this soap unsupervised.

Since this dough will dissolve in water, I recommend setting it on a soap dish if you leave it out beside the sink.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups soap play dough

Play Dough Soap Recipe

Play Dough Soap Recipe

Make hand washing and bath time fun with this DIY play dough soap recipe with kid safe essential oils. A kid-approved, DIY play dough bath soap kids craft project for family fun.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 1 cup cornstarch, plus more for kneading
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Mica powder
  • 8-9 drops kid safe essential oil

Tools

  • Glass bowls
  • Microwave

Instructions

  1. Place the cornstarch in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add the liquid Castile soap.
  3. Melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. 
  4. Pour over the cornstarch and soap mixture, then stir until combined.
  5. Separate the soap dough into three bowls, one for each color you are making.
  6. Add the mica and essential oils. If you are making three colors, use 3 drops per color.
  7. Place additional cornstarch onto clean surface. Place the soap play dough onto the cornstarch. Knead until it turns into a shapeable dough, adding more cornstarch as needed.
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If you like my DIY soap play dough, then be sure to pin this fun kids activity to Pinterest for later. Or check out these other ideas for kids craft projects for when you’ve hit your limit. You can also discover more ideas for kids crafts on my Kids Crafts & Project Ideas Pinterest board.

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Free Printable Valentines for Kids (And Kids At Heart!)

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The cutest free printable valentines for kids (and kids at heart!) for Valentine’s Day. Get ready for Valentine’s Day with this adorable collection of free printable valentines featuring woodland creatures and magical delights for all ages. Read on to discover a number of printable valentines that you can download and print for free — both for kids and a few for adults as well!

Free printable valentines for kids. The cutest free printable valentines for kids (and kids at heart!) for Valentine's Day. Get ready for Valentine's Day with this adorable collection of free printable valentines featuring woodland creatures and magical delights for all ages. These Valentine's day cards feature adorable woodland creatures like foxes, racoons, badgers, bears, owls and porcupines. As well as fun designs with sweet treats, crystals balls and magic love potions.

Free Printable Valentines for Kids

Created using clip art images from DigitalArtsi, my original Valentine’s day card designs are simply too cute to pass up. However, if you aren’t dead set on these free printable valentines, you can simply purchase clipart to make your own! (They’re super affordable, and there are just SO many cute clipart elements to choose from.)

There are five sets of free printable valentines for kids to choose from, all have different versions of my own designs with nine Valentine’s day cards per page. These Valentine’s day cards feature adorable woodland creatures like foxes, racoons, badgers, bears, owls and porcupines. As well as fun designs with sweet treats, crystals balls and magic love potions.

Free printable valentines for kids. The cutest free printable valentines for kids (and kids at heart!) for Valentine's Day. Get ready for Valentine's Day with this adorable collection of free printable valentines featuring woodland creatures and magical delights for all ages. These Valentine's day cards feature adorable woodland creatures like foxes, racoons, badgers, bears, owls and porcupines. As well as fun designs with sweet treats, crystals balls and magic love potions.

These Valentine’s day card include the following quotes:

  • You make life bearable, Valentine.
  • You’re my magic potion, Valentine.
  • I’m wild about you, Valentine.
  • You’ll owlways be my friend, Valentine.
  • You steal my heart, Valentine.
  • You put a spell on me, Valentine.
  • You’re magical, Valentine.

Ready to make someone’s day with a cute valentine? Choose your favorite printable valentines for kids below. Simply download the Valentine’s day designs of your choice and print onto standard 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock. Then use a paper cutter or scissors to cut out the cards to hand deliver to your favorite little valentines. 

You're so sweet printable valentines for kids. Free printable valentines cards for your sweet little valentine on Valentine's Day.

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Free printable valentines cards for kids classrooms. Super cute woodland creature Valentine's Day cards to download, print and gift. Perfect for kids classrooms, these free printable valentines for kids feature woodland creatures like a fox, bear, racoon, badger, owl and porcupine with adorable valentine sayings.

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Magical valentines day cards. Print, cut and gift these fun valentines day cards for kids. A super cute idea for parents to gift to kids as well as classroom valentines day cards with designs like a magic love potion bottle, heart shaped potpourri and a starry crystal ball.

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You're so sweet valentine. You're magical valentine. Cute valentine card sayings for kids on printable cards featuring love potions, sweet cakes, valentine treats, cute racoons, crystal balls and heart shaped valentine potpourri.

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Valentine's day cards for kids. Printable valentines for kids classrooms featuring woodland creatures. A fox, racoon, bear, owl, badger and porcupine. Cute valentines day cards for kids with adorable valentine quotes.

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Create custom scented DIY mini perfumes to go along with these You're Scent-sational! printable Valentines cards for your besties this Valentine's Day!

More Free Valentine’s Day Cards

Looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas? You can explore my DIY Valentine’s day gifts here. Or check out these handmade Valentine’s day gift ideas via my curated collection on Etsy. You can discover more DIY ideas for Valentine’s day on my Pinterest board.

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Rubber Ducky Soap Tutorial for Kids Who Love Sesame Street

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Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children’s gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They’re the perfect bath time treat for kids who love Sesame Street!

Rubber Duck Soap DIY. If you have a Sesame Street fan of your own at home, then add this rubber ducky soap tutorial to your project list! Not only are these melt and pour soaps a cute gift idea for a child or grandchild, you can also make them for rubber ducky party favors for a child's birthday party or baby shower.

Growing Up with Sesame Street

I was born in the 70s. So, like many other Genexers, I grew up watching Sesame Street. My favorite character was always a toss up between Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster. However, my mom bought me a Cookie Monster plush – which is hiding out somewhere in my parents basement right now – that I absolutely adored. I’d make him paper chocolate chip cookies as a child to feed to him. And occasionally I’d even try to feed him real chocolate chip cookies. While they certainly created a crumbly mess, I was determined to never let my Cookie Monster go hungry.

And then of course, there is the famous pair, Bert and Ernie. Their unique sibling like relationship reminded me, that while we may not always get along, at the end of the day we make up with one another and move forward. It’s also hard to forget Ernie’s rubber ducky song. Tub treats, whether it’s a rubber ducky soap or a bath bomb, definitely make bath time more fun – even in adulthood. Thus, Sesame Street was the inspiration for this rubber ducky soap tutorial.

No matter who your favorite Sesame Street character is, or was, they are all amazing and unique individuals. I love that the characters are all so very different from another. Yet they still find ways to connect, come together and help each other out. Looking back, Sesame Street was educational in many ways. The show helped me excel not just through teaching letters, words and numbers. It also offered a social education. Sesame Street is, and always has been, a safe space where every child can find acceptance and learn kindness. And that is why I’m so excited about Sesame Street’s Yellow Feather Fund.

Rubber Ducky Soap Tutorial. Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children's gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They're the perfect bath time treat for young fans of Sesame Street!

Sesame Street Yellow Feather Fund

Sesame Street started was created almost 50 years ago as a way to help level the playing field for underprivileged children. They have since continued to do that in a multitude of ways, and in more than 150 countries around the world. The Sesame Street Yellow Feather Fund is a continuation of this goal. A grassroots avenue for fans and supporters, this charity is working to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children wherever they are.

I actually just learned about this charity last week. However, I found their mission to help every child meaningful to me on a personal level.

Education is so important. It teaches us more than just reading, math and facts about the world around us. It also teaches us how to think for ourselves, reach for goals and strive for success. The mission of the Sesame Street Yellow Feather Fund is really an extension of the show’s goals. It’s objective is to bring education to children in need. Not just to kids in the United States (where we are so fortunate to be afforded so many opportunities) but also to children around the world.

Some of their work includes the following.

  • Their “See Amazing in All Children” initiative helps reduce stigma and misconceptions about autism which affects 1 in 68 kids.
  • They help military families cope with tough situations like deployment, injury or even returning to civilian life.
  • Their girl Muppet characters, such as Zari in Afghanistan and Chamki in India, show both girls and boys the importance of educating and empowering girls, while also encouraging them to dream big.
  • To help young refugees who have had to flee homes and schools, this charity also works with the International Rescue Committee to bring education directly to children affected by this humanitarian crisis.

You can learn more about the Sesame Street Yellow Feather fund on their website here.

Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children's gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They're the perfect bath time treat for young fans of Sesame Street!

Rubber Ducky Soap Tutorial

If you have a Sesame Street fan of your own at home, then add this rubber ducky soap tutorial to your project list! Not only are these melt and pour soaps a cute gift idea for a child or grandchild, you can also make them for rubber ducky party favors for a child’s birthday party or baby shower.

Easy rubber duck soap tutorial for birthday party favors or baby showers. A super cute DIY gift idea for kids! Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children's gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They're the perfect bath time treat for young fans of Sesame Street!

Rubber Ducky Soap Recipe

This recipe rubby ducky soap recipe yields six 3.5-ounce bars with approximately 1.5-2 ounces of whipped soap.

Ingredients for Rubber Ducky Soaps:

3/4 pound of clear suspension melt and pour soap, cut into cubes
2 teaspoons banana fragrance oil
Blue mica soap dye
1 tablespoon blue eco-friendly fine cosmetic glitter
2 teaspoons white eco-friendly fine cosmetic glitter
1 cup whipped soap base
2 tablespoons liquid vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Rubber Duck Soap Making Supplies

Materials & Supplies:

Oval silicone soap mold
Small rubber ducks
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
1 microwave safe measuring cup
Reusable piping bag
Large frosting tip

Rubber Duck Soap DIY. If you have a Sesame Street fan of your own at home, then add this rubber ducky soap tutorial to your project list! Not only are these melt and pour soaps a cute gift idea for a child or grandchild, you can also make them for rubber ducky party favors for a child's birthday party or baby shower.

Rubber Ducky Soap Making Instructions:

To make these DIY rubber ducky soaps, you’ll start by adding 1/2 pound of the clear melt and pour soap to a measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring and repeating until completely melted.

Rubber Duck Soap DIY. If you have a Sesame Street fan of your own at home, then add this rubber ducky soap tutorial to your project list! Not only are these melt and pour soaps a cute gift idea for a child or grandchild, you can also make them for rubber ducky party favors for a child's birthday party or baby shower.

Next, mix in banana fragrance oil, blue mica and blue cosmetic glitter.

Spray your soap mold with the rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles on the bottom of the soap.

How to make rubber ducks soaps.

Then pour the soap mixture into your mold.

Now spray the tops of soap you just poured with rubbing alcohol to prevent air bubbles on the tops of the soap.

Allow the soap to harden at least 3 hours or until completely firm. Then gently remove from the mold.

Once the oval soaps have hardened, you’re ready for the next step.

How to make DIY melt and pour rubber ducky soaps without lye for DIY birthday party favors.

Add whipped soap base and glycerin to mixing bowl. Mix for 1 minute using an electric hand blender.

Then fold the cornstarch into mixture. (This will help to avoid having the cornstarch dust up when you use the mixer.)

Now add the remaining 1/4 cup of melted clear soap base to mixture. Mix for 1 minute.

Follow with the white cosmetic glitter. Add the glitter to the mixture then beat until the mixture forms peaks. (This is the same process as basically making meringue.) If your frosting is not stiff enough, add a bit more cornstarch and mix in. Repeat until the mixture is firm.

Homemade rubber duck soap tutorial for DIY gifts for kids. How to make DIY melt and pour rubber ducky soaps without lye for DIY birthday party favors.

Now add the soap frosting to your piping bag.

Spray the tops of the oval soaps with rubbing alcohol. (This will help the whipped soap adhere to the soap.) Then, working quickly, pipe the frosting onto your soap. (The frosting will begin to harden after about 5 minutes, so you may want to practice before hand.)

Once you’ve piped on the soap frosting, add a rubber duck to the top of each bar of soap.

DIY rubber duck soap tutorial for DIY gifts for kids. How to make DIY melt and pour rubber ducky soaps without lye for DIY birthday party favors.

You can then package your cute rubber ducky soaps as desired. I recommend using large cellophane treat bags with a ribbon to tie the top closed.

The kids will LOVE these fun rubber ducky soaps at bath time! The ducks even squeak when you squeeze them.

Rubber Ducky Soap Tutorial. Learn how to make fun DIY rubber ducky soaps for children's gifts or party favors with this easy rubber ducky soap tutorial. They're the perfect bath time treat for young fans of Sesame Street!

Don’t have time to make these DIY rubber ducky soaps? Then be sure to pin this easy melt and pour soap making project for later!

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More Soap Making Ideas Kids Will Love

If you like this rubber ducky soap tutorial, then you may also enjoy some of my other melt and pour soap recipes. The following soap making tutorials use melt and pour soap bases and make great DIY gifts for kids!

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Tips for Staying Healthy As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall

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Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Following is my collection of tips for staying healthy (and organized!) as the kids head back to school this fall. So you, and your kids, can stay on top of your game.

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

Last week I mentioned that my son is starting his senior year of college. So back to school is extra exciting for me this year. Even more exciting is that Cody (my son) is going to the first person on my side of the family to ever go to grad school. However, if your son or daughter isn’t quite there yet, I still wanted to share some great back to school ideas for you as well.

I remember when my son was in elementary school. Every single viral infection or stomach bug that made rounds at school, made its way back into our home. And it never failed, the sound of him puking would wake me up from a dead sleep every single time.

Even after Cody graduated high school there were still back to school germs to contend with. My coworkers at the time had school aged kids. And from time to time they would find their way into the office – especially during summer or sick days. I like to think they contributed to the mighty immune system I seem have now.

Of course, if you’re working full time and you have kids in school, you can’t really afford to get sick. So I’ve pulled together a few tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. After all, you have enough to worry about when school starts. With all the after school activities, packing lunches, and helping with homework, the last thing you need to worry about is the next virus squirming its way into your home.

Tips for Staying Healthy this Fall

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

This amazing hand sanitizer is Queen.

Because back to school means lots of germs, hand sanitizer is a great way to keep dirty hands germ free. I know as well as you do that kids hate to wash their hands. Which is one of the reasons I love the Grove Collaborative hydrating hand sanitizer spray.

This hand sanitizing spray makes disinfecting hands seem like less work. It also won’t dry out your kids hands with excess use like drugstore brand gel hand sanitizers. This awesome spray has coconut oil (for those of you who are a fan!) for extra hydration. And it’s scented with natural essential oils, not a synthetic fragrance. (Keep reading to learn how you can get Grove’s hand sanitizing spray free!)

Simply toss a bottle of hand sanitizing spray into your kids’ backpacks so they can clean up before lunch or snack time. And be sure to keep one in the car, too. It’s a great way to disinfect their hands after school or after sports practice. If time is of the essence, you can worry about one less thing by setting up disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer to autoship monthly from Grove Collaborative. That way you never run out and you save a trip to the store.

Encourage hand washing with this simple idea.

Of course, sometimes, kids HAVE to wash their hands. With younger kids especially, this can be a struggle. The solution? Let them pick their favorite scent to keep by the sink! Kids especially love Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap in lavender and lemon. And, they can make their soap even more special by decorating the bottle with their favorite stickers.

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Don’t forget the teachers!

Teachers spend a lot of money out-of-pocket on classroom supplies. So donations of disinfecting wipes and tissues are always appreciated. You can help give back to your child’s teacher for all their hard work by gifting a few containers of Seventh Generation disinfecting multi-surface wipes. They’ll also appreciate receiving several boxes of Grove’s new paperless Seedling tissues for your kid’s classroom. These products are great at preventing kids from passing around the same germs over and over.

If you haven’t heard of Seedling by Grove, it’s a fantastic new brand of tree-free products that includes tissues, paper towels, toilet paper and napkins. Unlike other green brands of toilet paper and paper towels, Seeding products aren’t rough or scratchy. Rather than using recycled paper, Seedling products are made from a renewable proprietary blend of bamboo and sugarcane that creates a soft, luxurious product.

Tips for Staying Healthy As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall

Feed your kids healthy snacks.

One of the first questions kids ask when they get home from school is, “Hey mom, what’s for snack?” While you may be tempted to treat them to sugary snacks or potato chips, try giving them healthier options instead. Healthy snacks aren’t just a better food choice. Natural foods like veggies and fruits contain extra vitamins and minerals that also help to boost those budding immune systems.

So instead of buying those cookie or cracker snack packs when you’re at the grocery store, opt for grab-and-go snacks like cut up fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks, and veggies & hummus instead. Grove’s reusable storage bags are a great way to store individual snack-sized portions. Not only are they durable and easy to clean, they also won’t leak in your refrigerator.

Natural ways to fight back to school colds or flu.

Let’s face it. Even if you do take all of the preventative measures to prevent an illness, your kids are still bound to catch a cold at some point. However, with the overuse of antibiotics (especially in cases of viral illnesses in which they have no effect on) sometimes it’s better to try a natural remedy first. Natural remedies not only help to relieve cold symptoms, they can also aid in strengthening your child’s immune system. From soothing medicinal teas to immune boosting syrups, you can find my favorite ways to naturally fight off colds here.

Tips for Staying Healthy (And Organized!) As The Kids Head Back to School This Fall. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or work full time, back to school can be a challenge for every type of family. So when someone in your family gets sick, it makes it hard to stick to a routine that works. Discover my collection of tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall. So you and your kids can stay on top of your game. #backtoschool

Manage stress better as a mom with natural supplements.

It’s not just the kids dealing with a lot of anxiety and stress as they head back to school. We moms can get overwhelmed too. It can be a real challenge fighting with your kids to get them out of bed in the morning. (I was a holy terror in the mornings growing up.) Or trying to figure out how to drop off and pick multiple kids up from sports or dance practice – when they all have to be there at the same time!

Unfortunately, not only is stress mentally exhausting, it can take a toll on your physical health as well. This in turn makes you more vulnerable to getting sick. So I help my body better manage stress with herbal supplements like ashwagandha root. I also take a daily probiotic which helps to improve my overall health. Probiotics also naturally help to boost immunity. Therefore, by adding probiotics to your daily routine, your body is better able to fight off nasty germs you may come into contact with throughout the school year.

Grove sells my favorite brand of probiotics from Lovebug at 10% off. While I take Lovebug’s Here’s the Skinny daily probiotic, they also offer an immunity probiotic for little ones and a daily immunity probiotic for adults.

Another great way to reduce stress is by staying organized. So you’ll find some great tips to help you stay organized for back to school and keep up with household chores below!

Homemaking & Organizing Tips for Back to School

Homemaking & Organizing Tips for Back to School. #BacktoSchool can be a challenge for families. So when someone gets sick, it makes sticking to routine even harder. Discover my tips for staying healthy as the kids head back to school this fall so you & your kids can stay on top of your game.

Clean your kid-friendly spaces with non-toxic all-in-one products.

When things get hectic, multi-tasking cleaning supplies are a must. I love Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray because I can walk around the entire house and clean everything. It’s perfect for cleaning countertops, floors, toys, and even sticky lunchboxes with just one bottle.

If you’ve never tried Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products before, back to school is the perfect time to give these cleaning products a test run! First time Grove customers will receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning kit with an order of just $20 or more. This amazing cleaning kit contains one each of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, dish soap and multi-surface spray PLUS a Grove hand sanitizing spray and my favorite Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

If you’re ready to get ALL of the shopping for your household down in one fell swoop, you’ll also get a free Grove cleaning caddy IN ADDITION TO your free Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning kit when you spend just $39. Sign up here.

Create a homework station.

Getting kids to sit down and focus on homework is hard enough without having to rummage through the junk drawer for a pencil sharpener. To streamline homework time, create a “homework station” by filling a caddy with supplies like pencils, sharpeners, tape, glue, crayons, colored pencils, and a stapler.

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Keep kids busy while you make dinner.

One of the biggest challenges as a mom is keeping the kids busy while you cook dinner. So how do you this without plopping them in front of a screen? Lately, I’ve discovered that kids LOVE dry erase markers and whiteboards. So have your kids write a pretend shopping list, draw, or practice spelling words or math facts while you’re in the kitchen. When they’re done, they can clean the boards with Grove all-purpose concentrate and a microfiber!

Choose the right tools for cleaning your dirty dinner dishes.

Kids or not, if your house is like mine, dishes seem to multiply when you’re not looking. Fortunately, Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap and Grove walnut scrubber sponges make quick work of greasy pans, crockpots, and lunch containers.

Save money on healthy & eco-friendly everyday products for your home.

School supplies can take a big chunk out of your budget. Grove Collaborative is a great way to save on back-to-school household and personal care products like tissues, hand sanitizer, and vitamins. I find that items are less expensive than our local grocery store, and you can often score free products with a minimum purchase. Plus, once you’ve submitted your first order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Join Grove now and start saving.

Discover more back to school tips and ideas.

For more great tips for staying healthy and organized for back to school, be sure to follow my Back to School Pinterest board It’s filled with fun back to school supplies and office candy for the young and young at heart! Plus back to school DIY’s, teacher gifts ideas and printables.

Do you have great tips for staying healthy or keeping organized for back to school? I’d love to hear how you manage kids, housework and your day job without going nutty. So be sure to share your experiences and what’s worked for you in the comments! After all, coordinating with other moms and sharing ideas is another great way to not only save your sanity, but keep your household running smoothly as well.

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