This is the last book I am posting about for BFIAR.  There are one or two in the series that I can’t get hold of (Jenny’s Surprise Summer, The Quiet Way Home and the Blue Boat) and one that I am not posting about because we all rowed it (including the older ones) and it seems a bit too private to share (Prayer for a Child).

Theme: The Five Senses

  • Read alouds and go along books

   

  • Factual Books

Book, Look, Listen, Touch and Smell by Pamela Hill Nettleton   

Petal Perfume

We took a walk around our garden chatting about the sounds we could hear, the scents we could smells, the flowers and petals we could see.  We used our touch to think about what the petals felt like in our hands and then we collected a bunch of petals and flowers, each of the girls collecting them in their own basket:

My girls with their petals

My girls with their petals

One by one the girls went through their flowers, pulling off the petals and placing them in a jar.  They left the leaves and stems behind in their basket:

Both girls splitting the petals from the stems

Both girls splitting the petals from the stems

When they had finished they poured hot water on top of the petals:

B2 carefully pouring the water

B2 carefully pouring the water

Ready to leave to infuse

Ready to leave to infuse

They gave it one last sniff and placed the lid on top.  They were so pleased with their petal perfume!

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Our two jars of perfume

Our two jars of perfume

We will leave these for a couple of weeks and then drain them, saving the fragrant water.  Although we couldn’t resist a few sniffs throughout the week!

Smashed petal labels for the perfume

As these jars of perfume would be gifts for the twins for their 11th Birthday, we decided to prettify them.  The little ones picked some flowers and made some pounded flower labels.  They liked this activity very, very much!

Impatiently waiting for the word go!

Impatiently waiting for the word go!

Banging away

Banging away

We gathered together the smashed petal labels, ribbon, material and elastic bands and a pen

We gathered together the smashed petal labels, ribbon, material and elastic bands and a pen

Between us we decorated the petal perfume until the girls were happy

Between us we decorated the petal perfume until the girls were happy

Making Potpourri

Gary had bought me a gorgeous bunch of flowers a few weeks ago which were past their best.  I always dry any roses he gives me, but the rest I let the little girls have to make pot pourri.  They pulled all the petals off the flowers and mixed them into an oven tray

Gary had bought me a gorgeous bunch of flowers a few weeks ago which are now past their best. I always dry any roses he gives me, but the rest I let the little girls have to make pot pourri. They pulled all the petals off the flowers and mixed them into an oven tray

They thought the petals smelled lovely!

They thought the petals smelled lovely!

We placed the tray of petals in the oven on its lowest temperature with the door open

We placed the tray of petals in the oven on its lowest temperature with the door open

The next day I gave them a potpourri ‘kit’ which contained everything they needed to make up some beautifully fragrant potpourri for their sisters’ birthday.  We made everything with a purple lavender theme as the twin’s bedroom is a lavender colour:

Ready to go with my homemade pot pourri kit

Ready to go with my homemade pot pourri kit

Our 'kit' comprised of dried flowers, dried lavender, lavender powder, lavender essential oil, a couple of gift bags and some pretty ribbon which matched the material used for their petal perfume the day before.

Our ‘kit’ comprised of dried flowers, dried lavender, lavender powder, lavender essential oil, a couple of gift bags and some pretty ribbon which matched the material used for their petal perfume the day before.

They carefully measured all the ingredients into their bags

They carefully measured all the ingredients into their bags

After they finished they gave it a good shake

After they finished they gave it a good shake

And finally we tied the material around each bag, ready to give to the twins with their perfume in a couple of weeks

And finally we tied the material around each bag, ready to give to the twins with their perfume in a couple of weeks

Painting with spices

I placed some sweet smelling spices in the top row of a muffin tin and some spicy spices on the bottom row.  I added warm water to each and stirred to make a sort of paint:

Clove, ginger and nutmeg Curry, turmeric and cumin

Clove, ginger and nutmeg
Curry, turmeric and cumin

I gave each of my little ones some paint brushes and some paper and let them at it.  The only request was that they smelt each spice paint before they painted with them:

B2 enjoying the tumeric

B2 enjoying the smell of the tumeric

A5 not so much!

A5 not so much!

Look Mummy, I'm painting a princess! (B2 painting with her spices!)

Look Mummy, I’m painting a princess! (B2 painting with her spices!

  • Sensory Tray

The girls collected bits and pieces from nature to create a sensory basket:

A5 spent hours playing with her basket of goodies.

A5 spent hours playing with her basket of goodies.

All the girls got together and made some lovely nature pictures which now adorn their bedroom walls

All the girls got together and made some lovely nature pictures which now adorn their bedroom walls

They extended their nature basket’s usefulness by turning the acorns into little people.  As they were doing this I pointed out the eyes to see, the nose to smell, the ears to hear and the mouth to taste.  Then I mentioned they were using their hands to touch and draw the faces:

Making the faces

Making the faces

And a close up

And a close up

I couldn’t help but include a photo of my two gorgeous young girls:

Be still my beating heart

Be still my beating heart

This is their last row of Before Five in a Row books.  I have been slightly concerned at my lack of enthusiasm towards a rerow of BFIAR, having rowed them three times now (twice for the older ones and once for the littles).  I have decided to do something different for a while, which I am excited very about and will share next week.

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