This summer vacations, I decided to take it easy . Instead of enrolling my son to summer camps that would keep him occupied with standard routines. I decided to experiment and explore things that we generally don’t get to do. I decided to go the free play way sprinkled with, a few but highly engaging workshops.
Last weekend, we attended a lovely Beeswax and Soywax candle making workshop hosted by Kidsstoppress and it was phenomenal!!! More than my son, I got SO hooked on to it that I have been googling candle making and its variations since I returned.
It was a sweet little team put together and they started off with a cute little role play about how bees make honey and how they make wax and why they are so important for a healthy sustainable ecosystem. The kids participated and really enjoyed it.
We started off by painting our jars and then decorating it with glitters, stickers, feathers and all things that are pretty including the smiles and giggles. Once the jars were done, we moved on to prepping them by attaching the wicks.
So basically to make a candle you need to melt the wax and then pour it into the jars. That’s it!!!!But this was no ordinary wax, it was Beeswax and as I went closer to take a look I couldn’t shrug off the lingering smell of honey that the melted wax was emanating.
Once the wax has melted and is piping hot, you need to remove it from the heat and add the aromatics. In our case, we were just smitten by Lavender so that’s what we used . If you ever decide to make candles yourself, feel free to explore Rose, Jasmine, Lemongrass or may be even Orange. How about Neem essential oil, that’ll keep the mosquitoes away too!!!!!! Anyways, back to candle making…. once the hot wax was poured all mommies were delegated the jobs to hold the wicks till the wax solidified while the kids went ahead doing what they do best -play.
Once the works of art were done the rockstars came out!!!!!! One of the emcee is also into composting and she got a box full of earthworms. Some kids squealed in delight, some cringed some(like me) were too scared but they were all eyes once the worms were taken out.
We all returned home with a beautiful experience which will burn in our memories just like the candles we made. My son very gracefully offered me to use his candle in my Yoga class, which I shall do as it would help me in sharing the awareness that such initiatives deserve.
What I also learned from this workshop was that natural materials can be so soothing to touch, feel and smell. My son scraped some of the wax that had dribbled on the table and I was surprised to see how pliable Beeswax was as against the synthetic paraffin … “just like clay”, he said hardly containing the excitement. And that excitement poured into my heart too pleased at his discoveries!!!!