Kids summer activity ideas: Making Perfume & Attracting Butterlies

Making Perfume

I spent many hours as a child making perfume and playing outdoors in my Grandad’s garden. He had these big old English Roses that gave the most beautiful smell and I’d gather these up with lavender and squished strawberries, a bit of rain water that i had collected in a n old jamjar and I would stir them up for hours. Adding a few leaves and maybe some fuscia (so pretty!) Iwould cerate my wonderful concoction then pour it back in to the jam jar which i would ‘decorate’ with stickers  and ribbons. Hours later when it had ‘fermented!’ I would present it to my mum as if it was a precious gift. Which indeed it was.

Now, as we are on a budget, I suggest not bothering with the shop bought kits and letting your child be creative (mind they don’t use anything poisonous and avoid thorns and nettles) Let them create you a lovely fragrance eau de toddler (I guarantee  it will smell v dodgy in a few days!)

There will be fun in the making!

Making perfume

Is there a frog in my perfume?

Attracting Butterflies

Aren’t butterflies magic. Adults and kids alike are entranced by them. There’s lots of ways you can attract more to your garden.

Butterflies like clusters of vibrantly colored, fragrant flowers such as marigolds and zinnias they also loved Buddleia bushes. Bright colours especially purple draw butterflies in so bear this in mind when you plant!. They like spaces with shelter, accessible water and plenty of sun. They also like a bit of food, rotting fruit fallen from a tree or a compost heap. You can buy butterfly houses or feeders form your garden centre but it’s fun to make your own feeders with your child.

There are two basic types of feeders, jar and plate, and both can be made at home with just a few things from your kitchen. Jar feeders are essentially small jars — about the size of a baby-food container — that are filled with a small amount of sugar water. These feeders appeal to butterflies with nectar diets. To draw such butterflies create a plate feeder by simply placing a piece of rotting fruit on a plate or plastic lid. Hang either type of feeder a few feet above the ground and keep them replenished.

Now you just need to keep your eyes peeled for the butterflies. You could even make them a welcome sigattracting butterflies


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  1. July 28, 2011 / 12:25 pm

    I used to make ‘perfume’! But never thought of presenting it in a decorated jar. I can try that with my 3 year old.

  2. July 28, 2011 / 1:11 pm

    Ooooh how lovely on both counts.. who wouldn’t like to make perfume AND attract butterflies. Lovely indeed!

    Thanks for joining Kids Get Crafty!


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