One of my favorite Christmas crafts when I was a child was making pomanders. Now as a mother, I still love them! Pomanders smell great, they are an excellent way to sneak in some fine motor practice, and they are no-prep, low-clean up activity for children of all ages.
To make a pomander, all you need is an orange, some whole cloves, and some ribbon to string it up.
Have the children press the cloves into the orange peel. Then tie the string around the orange with a loop to hang it from.
You can hang it out front like an ornament, or hide it in the back of the branches, but either way a pomander is a great way to add some Christmasy scent to your artificial tree.
Alternatively, you could skip the ribbon and keep a few pomanders in a candy bowl on the table.
SunnyGirl was able to get some by herself but needed a little help when her hand got tired. For a not-quite-three year old, I thought she did pretty well.
LittleMan was able to do it all on his own without help. One of the benefits of being a full-blown 1st grader.
Traditionally pomanders are spherical objects stuffed with pleasantly scented herbs, spices and fruits which are dried out and can last for years and years. Before the inventions which made modern hygiene what it is today, such as indoor plumbing, many people carried pomanders in their purses or on a chain around their neck or belt. I’ll admit that I’ve never been able to keep mine for more than a month before start to mold a bit. If someone has any tips for drying out your pomanders, let me know in the comments below!by