While spa retreats are typically reserved for adults, kids can enjoy a bit of pampering, too. Put together a spa day for a child’s birthday party or on an idle summer day. Skip expensive store-bought products and use everyday ingredients that benefit the body. When you let the kids help you make a good-enough-to-eat face mask or sweet lip balm, a memorable day is guaranteed.
Things You'll Need
Banana and Oatmeal Face Mask
Place 1 tablespoon of oatmeal, 1/2 banana and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt in a blender.
Blend the ingredients on low until all chunks are gone and the mixture is a creamy consistency.
Prepare your child for the mask by pulling her hair off of her face with an elastic headband. Smooth a thick layer of the mask over her skin, avoiding the eyes, nostrils and mouth.
Allow the mask to set for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
Peppermint Foot Soak
Fill a small plastic bucket halfway with warm water, which is softening and relaxing.
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of Epsom salt into a separate bowl. Cut open the tops of 2 peppermint tea bags and poor the contents into the bowl. Mix the ingredients together with a spoon.
Sprinkle the tea mixture into the basin.
Ask participants to soak their feet in the basin for 10 minutes, then gently pat them dry. Apply a little scented lotion while the feet are still damp.
Beeswax Lip Balm
Pour 1 teaspoon of grated beeswax, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 4 drops of vitamin E oil and 1/2 teaspoon of honey into a microwave-safe bowl. Mix the ingredients together with a spoon until blended.
Place the mixture in the microwave on high for 10 seconds. Remove the dish, and check to see whether the beeswax has melted. Repeat in 10-second increments until it is melted.
Pour the balm into containers while it is still hot. Use plastic lip balm containers or tubes found at dollar stores, or reuse old ones.
Place the balm in the refrigerator for an hour to solidify before use.
Enlist the kids to help make the treatments. Let them add a drop of their favorite food coloring to the lip balm.
For a sugary lip balm, allow the kids to add 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder, or a strawberry- or lime-flavored gelatin mix.
Cut label stickers to size and secure them to the lip balm containers. Ask the kids to write their names on the sticker in their favorite colored marker and take them home as party favors.
References and ResourcesBirthday Party Ideas 4 Kids: Homemade Spa Recipes
Kids Play and Create: Homemade Spa Party Recipes
Betty Crocker: DIY Kids' Spa Party