When I was an art teacher, plastic Easter eggs would always be donated to my art room after Easter. So what can you do with all of these leftover plastic Easter eggs? Over the years I collected several easy and fun projects for different age groups. Here are a few simple ones for your infant and toddler.
shaker eggs, magnetic egg chain, aroma eggs, and puzzle toybox to store them in
you will need
plastic Easter eggs
noisemaking filler such as beans, rice, popcorn kernels, lentils, nuts and bolts.
Milk container washed out and dried or a medium sized cardboard box – you can pick up a flat rate priority box at your local post office for free.
A essential oils – must be safe scents for an infant or toddler so see my list below.
scissors or X-Acto blade
small round magnets
hor glue gun with glue
I had most of these items on hand, I know you can purchase most of these materials at a dollar store, the small magnets I purchased from target.
Egg storage toy puzzle box
you can use any recycle container or cardboard box to make your storage or puzzle toy with. I had a milk carton on hand, which worked great! I do recommend a recycled large drink container with a handle, as the handle proves very useful.
after it was washed out and dried I was able to begin.
start by placing the bottom of a plastic egg somewhere on the container and trace with a sharpie.
this forms the holes that just fit the egg when the egg is placed into the container correctly. I put two holes on my container, you can put as many as you would like.
use your scissors or X-Acto blade to cut out the circles.
add a back flap where you can easily remove the eggs after your little one has gotten them in the container. I cut three sides of a square, leaving the bottom edge intact. This worked out perfectly, as the plastic is rigid enough that it will stay closed when I push the flap in word.
magnetic egg chain
these are so much fun for your little one to assemble and pull apart. The magnets make it magical for them, and lend the self to creating many fun and simple games.
After your hot glue gun has warmed up, begin bye opening a plastic egg, place a large glob of glue on a magnet and place the magnet inside the top of the egg. Repeat this process of gluing to the inside bottom of the egg.
continue this until you have magnetized all the eggs do you want to. Make sure the hot glue completely dries before you put the eggs back together.
I double or triple magnets to some of the eggs to make them stronger.
Shut the egg. Begin your electrical tape so it over laps the Seaham evenly on the top and bottom.
hold the top and bottom of the egg with one hand as you guide the tape around the scene with the other hand. Go around the egg twice, cut tape with scissors and you were done!
repeat this process on as many eggs as you would like, and your egg chain is complete!
oh what fun musical shaker eggs can be, and how incredibly simple they are to make!
Find different feelings to make different noises. My four go-to's are corn kernels, lentils, small washers, and rice. These three items give you great tonal range. Place some of the filling in your eggs, and follow the tape directions above to seal the eggs shut.
these eggs are a fun way to have your little one practice sniffing. I have to admit, I enjoy these eggs myself!
when using a essential oils with little ones, it is very important to use a safe amount along with safe oils. Certain oils are not safe for children at different ages. Rule of thumb, the younger the child, the fewer oils are safe. Please reference the image of safe oil's for your one year old below for you proceed.
remember – never apply oils directly to your childs skin or food, and always used correct dilution ratio for their age.
place a single drop of one of the safe oils on a cotton ball. You can use different scents for different colored eggs. These oils can help calm, relax, assist with sleep, and smooth the nervous system of your one year old 🤗
do not place more than one drop on the cotton ball.
place the cotton ball with the oil facing the vent holes of the egg.
follow the tape directions above.
If you created any of these fun easy projects, I would love to hear your comments and see your pictures posted to the Facebook page ❤️
Making the switch over to A completely natural home, takes time and effort. Adapting to natural cleaning products and bodycare products is a large switch. However, I find this switch to be most beneficial in feeling good, wholesome, and safe. This brings me to the topic of deodorants/anti-perspirant's.
I remember back in high school, I did not mind wearing deodorant for my sports team activities, but when it came to prom, I reached for the anti-perspirant. I suppose this is my true girly girl side speaking. I had always known anti-perspirant is not a good choice, and found that the available deodorants for women 15 years ago were very slim. There were always the rock/salt deodorants available at the natural food stores, but these dried out my armpits and agitated my sensitive skin. I would use men's deodorant, in the most fruity sense I could find.
But let's talk about those fruity artificial fragrances and some misleading information on natural deodorants.
With many deodorant, as with natural sunscreen and sunblock, chemicals are added for dermal absorption. This means, the chemical allows the other active ingredients to be absorbed more easily into the skin. Furthermore, dermal absorption leads to absorption into The bloodstream. I will let you do the research on your own to learn more about chemicals for dermal absorption and the dangers around them. But let's look at some simple facts. Your armpits are where a huge section of lymph node's are collected in your body. One of the larger lymph ducks of your body is located on your chest across from your armpits. The Lymph system is a very important system for your body . It's is responsible for the illumination of interstitial fluid from tissues, absorbs and transports fatty acid from the digestive system, with its primary function being the transportation of lymph, which is infection – fighting white blood cells, through the body. Basically, it is one of your bodies main systems for protection against and elimination of toxins. Let's now realize what we are doing by applying a artificial, chemical full, product to our armpits every day. We are taxiing out our lymph system with unnecessary toxins and chemicals. This led my family to making the switch for a natural deodorant.
finding or making a natural deodorant recipe is not easy…
when conducting a natural deodorant search, you will find many similar deodorant recipes. Here is the tricky part, all of these recipes can be successful, natural, safe, and beneficial. However, it truly depends on your skin type. Many healthy and natural deodorants, or recipes, did not work for my sensitive skin. They would cause chafing and redness which would eventually give a burning sensation to anything somewhat skin irritating that I would apply.
I would like to share my recipes and tips on making your own natural deodorant, but please know this recipe may also need tweaking for your skin type.
gathering your materials, keeping it natural, affordable, and safe
recycling and reusing is a very popular theme in my home. Instead of purchasing empty deodorant roller bars, here is how you can clean out an old deodorant container, and sterilize it from any possible chemicals that it contained.
you will need
small paring knife
water – Distilled or tap is fine.
clean drying cloth
begin by rolling the deodorant stick all the way up, and cutting off any extra deodorant.
to remove deodorant from the grid, stick the tip of your pairing knife into the center of the square spaces, and you should be able to pull them out. Small bits of leftover deodorant are fine, as it will come off when being boiled.
remove the plastic grid section from the base by twisting it off.
place all of the pieces into your pot, cover with water, and Bring water to a boil. Here is a tricky part, you do not want to boil the plastic for too long, as it could melt. What do you need to do instead, is bring the water to a boil, let it cool, bring to a boil again, and let it cool. Do this for a duration of five minutes, and your deodorant container is cleaned and sterilized.
remove your container pieces using metal tongs.
lay the pieces on a clean cloth to completely dry. This point you can peel off any labeling from the outside and discard.
use your paper towel to remove any leftover adhesive from the outside of the container.
no water can be left in the container, as it can contaminate your deodorant. Make sure the container is completely dry before proceeding.
to reattach the grid, have the deodorant bottle twisted all the way up, hold the grid in place, and turn the deodorant bottle knob until you can feel it engage and begin to retract down.
twist the deodorant container until the grid is all the way at the bottom and now you are ready to make your own deodorant and use your recycled container!
DIY natural deodorant recipe
lets break those steps up a bit......😊
melt the beeswax, Shea, and coconut oil in that order. Once once ingredient is nearly melted, add the next.
while those are melting, combine dry ingredients in a small dish and mix well.
Remove from heat. This is important, because if the mixture steams at all, it is ruined and you will need to start over. After those are melted, begin adding the dry ingredients in small portions.
stir well. I first fold it in with a spatula and than attack it with a metal whisk.
the mixture should be getting stiff, now you are ready to add your essential oils.
Suggested oils: cypress, lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense just to mention a few possibilities.
transfer to container and your done!
suggestions for use: this is a softer deodorant, but it is dense. Remove the cap pushing on the end sides, not the middle of the wide sides. Be gentle when twisting the deodorant upwards. In applying, I put on a layer and than spread it with my fingers, you can also store this in a tin and use your fingers for application.
If if you have a deodorant recipe, or you make this one, I would love to see!
Living out in the desert, Aloe Vera is something of a weed tucked in with the cactus and succulents. This being said, many people do not know how easy it is to harvest their own, all natural, aloe vera gel. Even more so, the wonderful properties aloe vera gives to the skin for healing and relief. If you own an aloe plant, now is your time to start harvesting the plant for all of its wonderful benefits.
So that's talk about those benefits for a brief moment.
1. Aloe vera is high in vitamins and minerals: aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, Chlorine, B1, B2, B3, and B6. The plant also contains some B 12, and numerous minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, and more!
2. Aloe vera is high in amino acids and fatty acids: amino acids are the building blocks of protein, there are about 22 amino acids that are necessary for the human body, eight of which are a esswntial. There are approximately 18 to 20 amino acids in aloe vera including all 8 essential amino acids. Aloe vera also has a range of fatty acid's. Aloe contains HCL cholesterol which lowers fats in the blood, camper sterol, and B-sitosterol which all aid in symptoms of acid indigestion and allergies.
3. Aloe helps the skin: aloe vera is known for its wonderful properties to help heal and protect the skin. Aloe is used on burns, abrasions, psoriasis, and bug bites. Aloe also acts as an analgesic, to help relieve pain and an astringent. Aloe is also a antipruitic meaning it helps to relieve itching. On top of all this, it is also assist with reducing inflammation.
This is not all aloe has to offer, do a little research and you will be amazed! Aloe also contains many benefits when taken internally, I highly suggest learning more about it.
Start using your aloe today!
How to Harvest Aloe Vera gel
Begin by cutting the stem close to the base of the plant with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors.
Now you are ready to cut the edge spines off your low with kitchen scissors.
I typically cut 3 to 5, depending on the products I want to make.
Next, you will need to set the aloe upright in a glass 5-10 minutes to drain the natural latex of the aloe. This will assist in the aloe not being as sticky when applied to the skin.
Give the aloe a quick rinse off in the skin.
To remove the aloe vera gel from the stem, simply use both hands and peel it open at the base. This will reveal the jelly which contains the juice.
The outer skin may break into sections, this is ok. You will be removing the jelly from the skins.
Use the side edge of a fork to scrape the jelly off of the skin into a small bowl.
The aloe naturally contains fibers inside the jelly, giving it a structure. To assist in the application of the aloe vera gel to the skin or to other products, I have found it easiest to use an immersion mixer to break these fibers up. Simply place the jelly in a deep flat bottom bowl and whip.
This does cause the jelly to wroth and put some air bubbles into it. Leaving it to settle for a few minutes allows the jelly to normalize.
Transfer the jelly to a glass container, and store in the refrigerator. The jelly is good for one week.
To lengthen the shelflife of the aloe vera jelly, you can add vitamin E oil, grapeseed extract, or grapefruit extract to the jelly.
I prefer to use my jelly without any additives within the week I have harvested it. Bellow are some simple and all natural remedies my family uses with our harvested aloe.
7 Recipes for Naturally Harvested Aloe Vera
SUN BURN RELIEF
2 tbs. aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic witch hazel hydrosol
1 tbs. organic calendula hydrosol
Contents of 2-3 vitamin e capsules
3 tbs. aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic cane sugar
makes 2 ounces
1 tbs. aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic witch hazel hydrosol
10 drops lemon essential oil
ACNE FACIAL MASK
1 tbs. aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic raw honey
2 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix well. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Rise well.
ALOE SUGAR SCRUB
2 tbs. aloe Vera
2 tbs. organic unrefined coldpressed coconut oil
4 tbs. organic cane sugar
ALOE GRAPEFRUIT SUGAR SCRUB
1 tbs aloe Vera
1 tbs. organic unrefined coldpressed coconut oil
1 tbs. fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 c. Organic cane sugar
2 drops grapefruit essential oil
3 tbs. jojoba or apricot kernel oil
ZINC ALOE ACNE TREATMENT
use equal parts zinc oxide powder and aloe Vera. Add water if needed. Apply only to infected area and leave on overnight.
USE RAW ALOE VERA GEL TO...
Hair treatment: moisturized and relieves itchy scalp.
Heal treatment: apply and leave on 15 minutes to help cracked heals.
Sunburn/ skin abrasion: apply directly to area whenever needed
Aloe has become a very much loved plant and natural remedy for my family. I hope you enjoy these recipes, I would love to hear back from you on any aloe recipes you use!
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