Entertaining a sick kid is hard.
Roo is always moving, always busy, constantly looking forward to the next exciting thing of the day. When she gets sick, it’s like the world has been turned upside down. Her brain still commands her to run and play, but her body refuses to move quickly enough. She becomes clumsy, short tempered, and very tired.
Short of watching TV all day, which is a no go for my parenting style, what can you do to entertain a sick kid? Craft of course!
Why not have the craft help the kids to feel better too?
Roo and I tried some DIY Shower Melt recipes while she was sick this week.
Shower melts are similar to bath bombs, but the essential oils are usually higher concentrated, and you don’t typically need the citric acid that goes into bath bombs. They are great for a stuffy kid that cries every time they can’t breathe through their nose.
Here’s a few DIY Shower Melts recipes I tried while entertaining a sick kid
Vapor Rub Shower Melts
Three Tablespoons of Vapor Rub
One cup of Cornstarch
One Tablespoon of Water
Mix together until the ingredients create a paste. Work the paste into a ball and spread into an ice cube tray or silicone mold. Freeze two hours to set then place in a dish inside the shower. As the shower spray dissolves the cornstarch, the menthol will mix with the steam to open clogged sinuses.
Just making this open up Roo’s sinuses! So I’d call that a win win. Unfortunately, the melts were very sticky and we spend a lot of time scraping the paste off our hands. Even after three hours of setting in the freezer, the melts were hard to remove.
I probably didn’t use enough cornstarch, or too much vapor rub. We will try this DIY shower melts recipe again after I buy more cornstarch.
Baked Shower Melts
One cup of baking soda
1/3 cup of water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Then make a paste with the making soda and water. Add the paste to a cupcake pan and bake for 10-15 min. Once they are completely cool, add a few drops of the essential oils you desire before hopping into the shower with it. Menthol and Peppermint are obvious favorites for stuff noses.
Dry Shower Melts
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of Epsom salt
Around 2 teaspoons of water
12 drops of essential oils
Mix the baking soda and salt then start to add water until the mixture feels like wet sand. Once it can hold a shape well, add in the essential oils. Press into the mold or muffin tin and leave to set overnight.
This one was simple and fun to make. the texture of the wet baking soda and salt was fun to play with and not nearly as sticky as the cornstarch. I added about 12 drops of a blend to this recipe.
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Entertaining a Sick Kid can be hard.
But with crafting and essential oils, you can help them feel better while entertaining them too.