Make Your Own Perfume Preschool Tutorial
Perfume making with preschoolers is a new and exciting Science and Discovery experience that your preschoolers will enjoy! Making perfume is a great way to stimulate their senses and creativity while following a specific recipe. It allows preschoolers to explore their sense of smell while getting creative. In this blog post, we will explore the steps involved in making perfume with preschoolers and how this activity can benefit their overall development.
Perfume making is an activity that can be done in celebration of the spring and the blooming flowers or an activity to make for a Mother's Day gift! There are so many different ways to modify this recipe to make it fit smells that your preschoolers love!
Materials You Will Need:
*Teacher tip: we used roses but any flower can be used. Lilacs would also make a wonderful scented perfume!
Begin by having your preschoolers remove the petals from the roses you've selected. This is great fine-motor weaved into an everyday activity! Removing petals requires preschoolers to carefully remove each petal which takes concentration. You want to make sure that you lightly rinse the petals after they've been removed.
Once your preschoolers have removed the petals and washed them, you'll have them measure the two cups of distilled water to pour over the roses.
We used a closed container to make sure there were no spills. Preschoolers will love watching to see if any changes occur to the water which is why we recommend using a closed container they can see through.
The roses will sit in the water at room temperature overnight. Your preschoolers will probably be wondering why they can't make the perfume right away. This is the perfect opportunity to teach your preschoolers about the why behind this perfume making activity.
You can explain that the water will become infused with the fragrance and color of the rose petals. The scent of the rose petals will slowly seep into the water, giving it a lovely, floral fragrance. The water may also take on a pink or reddish hue, depending on the color of the rose petals.
Next, the roses will be removed from the water. You can save a petal for each bottle you are making. Then you will strain the rose water and place in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then simmer on low until there’s only a few tablespoons of liquid. Allow the liquid to sit and cool.
Boiling fragranced water when making perfume is done to help extract the oils from the fragrant materials and to sterilize the water, which helps to prevent the growth of bacteria or mold in the perfume.
Place your rose petal into the spray bottle and once the water is cooled it can be poured into the spray bottle! And, then your preschoolers can give themselves a spritz.
Making perfumes with preschoolers is such an awesome hands-on opportunity for preschoolers to learn about the natural world and how different ingredients interact with each other. It's an experience that allows them to use science to create a pretty neat outcome. We hope you enjoyed making perfume with your curious learners!
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