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In this lesson on the joys of giving, kids make fragrant bath salts to give as gifts for Christmas and other occasions
Art, Language Arts
3, 4, 5, 6
By – Dr. Kathleen Wild
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 3-6
- This is a special lesson in giving to someone else. These make good Christmas presents and also great birthday gifts for someone special. In return, this lesson will make the student feel good about themselves because they made a handmade gift.
- Per Student:
- 3/4 – 1 cup of Epson salt
- 1 Ziploc sandwich bag
- 1 baby food jar
- 1/2 of a piece of construction paper
- 1 miniature pinecone or other seasonal decoration
- 1 pencil or pen
- 1/2 sheet of newspaper
- small piece of thin ribbon or yarn (optional)
- For Class:
- 1 box of food coloring
- 3 oz. bottle of essential oil (lavender, orange, or lemon)
- 1 can of gold or silver spray paint.
- Elmer’s Glue
- 1 measuring cup.
- Have the student pour about 3/4 to one cup of Epson salt into their Ziploc bag.
- Then have the student add one to two drops of the food coloring to the Ziploc bag.
- The next step is to add two drops of the essential oil to the Ziploc bag.
- Now “zip lock” the bag and let the student shake it up to turn the salts color and to mix up the essential oil.
- Place the bag in a dark area for 24 hours and let settle.
- After 24 hours, let the student shake the bag up again.
- Then have the student lay down the half sheet of newspaper outside due to spray paint fumes.
- The next step is to bring out the baby food jar lids only.
- Gently spray paint the top of the lid. Let dry ideally for about one half an hour or at least 15-20 minutes.
- Now the student can take the half piece of construction paper and write the ingredients of the bath salts on it. Example:
Bath Salt – Epson salt, red dye, lavender oil.
- Once the lid of the baby food jar is dry, bring inside until the next day. After 24 hours and shaking the bag of salts one more time, the student will pour the salts into the baby food jar.
- Have the student take one small baby pinecone and glue it to the lid of the baby food jar. (Another suggestion is to glue a shell noodle on the top of the lid and then spray paint the lid with the noodle on it. Also, a beautiful button or any seasonal decoration could be glued to the lid.) Now place the lid back on to the filled salt jar. Let sit until the next day.
- Finally, they could tie a ribbon to the note and attach it to the jar or just present it separately.
- Now the student can take the present and note home to Mom, Grandma, or someone special.
Connection to Other Subjects:
- Math – can be used as a math lesson in measuring.
- Science or Health – older students could report list interesting chemical properties or uses of magnesium sulfate or the amazing health benefits of Epsom salt.
- Language Arts – older students could write a small paragraph about the reported benefits of an Epson salt bath to put on the other side of the card.
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