What to do with all the flowers your little one brings home at this time of the year? I mean, yes, there's nothing lovelier than a bunch of flowers in a tiny clasped fist but beyond sniffing them and maybe shoving them in a cup of water - how can you make use of these gathered treasures? Well... what if you could use them to give back a few moments of peace to your child throughout the day? Here are 5 ways to do just that!
1. Healing Waters for Boo boos
My kids are always walking in with scrapes and booboos at this time of year and I'm convinced that most of the injury is to their sense of pride. In the book Seven Times the Sun, the author recommends keeping on hand a bowl of "healing waters" that contains fresh tap water and gathered flower petals to ease the emotional pain of the hurt.
2. Scattering Wild Flower Seeds
If you look closely at a bunch of flowers, you will see lots of tiny seeds that can be gathered and then scattered to encourage new growth perfect for picking in the future. Just the focus required to gather and scatter the seeds can bring moments of calm to the day. We planted some english garden flowers this year with the intention of gathering and spreading the seeds each year!
3. Setting the Table
Having your little one be responsible for bringing the beauty of a freshly picked bouquet to the table in the evening, is one way to bring peace to mealtime. When your child feels part of making the gathering special, you'd be amazed how open they might be to trying new things and participating in dinner conversation.
4. Making a Fairy Potion
Want to attract fairies to the yard? Do you believe in magic? Use the petals from gathered flowers to make a fairy potion sure to bring fairies to the garden at night. You can add drops of essential oils like lavendar whose perfume is sure to bring even the shyest fairy to your home. Use a small dropper to deposit the potion here and there in the garden!
5. Bathing in Fragrant Petals
Scatter a few petals in your child's bath and maybe even light a candle or two (with supervision of course). The same things that bring peace to our own lives - can be bring calm to little ones too! A lovely way to prepare for bedtime.
All these ideas offer new ways for your little observer to use flowers to create mindfulness during the day and to introduce moments of calm in what can sometimes be a very hectic time of year for so many families.
What do you use to create mindful moments in your home? Share your ideas in the comments below!