One day recently while my preschooler was in school, I took the toddler guy to Dollar General to check out their new Spring decor collection. Seeing as how I had to trudge through snow in the parking lot on the way into the store, it’s no surprise I was desperate for a little cheerful pick-me-up; a reminder that Spring is on the way!
I fell in love with these happy little birdies, and of course had to pick out four of them (Mommy, Daddy, Sister, Brother, just like us).
Toddler Guy conveyed to me that he desperately needed the bird hooks, so I bought them too, and I think I’ll put them in their playroom for hanging babydoll carriers on, since those don’t really have a home at this point.
When my daughter came home from school, she immediately told me she loved the birds, and also informed me that there was one for each of us in the family. Great minds think alike, right?
Unfortunately, later in the week, the kids developed little sniffles.
Thankfull though, I had picked up some water beads while I was at Dollar General too. If you haven’t heard of water beads, they’re tiny little polymer pellets that expand a billion times their original size when you put them in water. I guess they’re really for filling vases, but all the cool moms are using them as sensory play materials.
(Don’t ask me if it’s safe for your kids to eat them. They’re not food and they’re not intended for eating, so supervise your kids and make sure they don’t put these in their mouths, okay? I feel like that’s common sense.)
I let the water beads grow to their full potential over about 6 hours, then stirred in a tablespoon of olive oil mixed with a drop of lemon essential oil and a drop of eucalyptus essential oil.* In no time, the kids were breathing clearly and feeling much better. Plus, they were having lots of fun, of course!
*I’ve since learned NOT to use eucalyptus oil with children. Oops! When you know better, you do better. Instead, I would use something like pine, spruce, fir, or cypress oil for children over 2 years old.
Have you played with water beads lately? What are your favorite things to do with them?
And is Spring just a distant memory, a foggy hope for you? Or are you seeing signs of Spring where you are already?