We helped the children follow a recipe for making their own unique perfume.
Links to EYFS:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
We provided lots of different things for the children to smell before mixing their perfume recipe such as:-
Cinnamon • Thyme • Rosemary • Lavender • Mint • Garlic • Basil • Sage
We counted and sorted the items, cutting things where necessary. We used a pestle and mortar to grind the items together and a grater for shedding. We also used a funnel to dilute the mixture with water and then used either a muslin cloth for straining and a sieve to pour the perfume mixture into bottles.
We talked about the different things they could use for their perfume, different smells ("what smells nice/not so nice"?), how people like different smells, what we use our nose for and how it can help us to make decisions.
Let your children choose and smell different perfumes or aftershaves and discuss which ones they like/don't like and why. Ask them to try and describe the varying smells - "Does it smell sweet"?, "does it smell strong"?, "does it smell nice"? or "does it pong"? ;o)