Rose Petal Fairy Perfume

 We have a beautiful rose bush in our garden that is producing volumes of blooms this year! Many petals are already falling so we set about having some fun with more concoction making, this time some rose petal fairy perfume. She’s just discovered Tinkerbell and thinks fairies are the bees knees! I’m hoping to steer her more in the direction of The Flower Fairies, but I’ll let you know how I get on with that one ;-) 
 They both had fun gathering petals in a basket and playing with them.
Then we found a lovely glass jar and tipped them all in, pouring in water to make a wonderful rose petal soup.
 Lots of vigorous mixing and stirring occurred!
Some sniffing was necessary to take in that wonderful aroma! The more they stirred and squished, the more powerful the scent became.
 Then of course plenty more emptying, filling, mixing, stirring until the whole process had been done at least four times, playful exploration at its best!
 When I finally persuaded them it was time to let it settle, the lid went on and we left it overnight for the scent to intensify.
 Then we squeezed the petals and poured the liquid through a funnel into a pretty glass bottle. I decorated it with a Fairy Perfume label and some parcel ribbon and it’s all ready to go! No doubt they shall take this back outside and actually use it to wash their dollies, pour through containers and float boats in, rather than wear it as perfume, but it will smell delicious as they do so! The scent is very delicate and would be perfect for little girls who want to pretend at being big. There are also plenty of recipes for real rose perfume that can be made without too much difficulty if you are so inclined!

This activity is good for:

  • Science: exploring/ investigating/ experimenting with concoctions/ liquids/ mixing
  • Maths: volume and capacity/ full and empty
  • PSE: working together/ completing a project over a longer period
  • Motor Skills: pouring between containers/ into a funnel/ squishing with fingers
  • Sensory: exploring using all senses

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