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Scratch and Sniff Necklaces

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Mind Builder


Working with small items under a parent’s supervision helps toddlers master fine motor skills. Make it an adventure by helping them create sweet-smelling jewellery in the process.

Toddlers love to dress up. Give them a few pieces of costume jewellery, and they’ll be busy for hours – well, a few minutes anyway. Here are a couple of projects you can do with your toddler to make dress-up time even more fun. Make sure to spread out some craft paper or newspaper, and wear a smock or old clothes, to avoid stains on furniture and good clothing.

What You Need:

Unsweetened drink mix powder in several flavours

  • White glue
  • Construction paper
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Shoe box top

Here’s What You Do:

Cut 5-10 cm fruit shapes out of construction paper to match the flavours of the drink mix powder. Punch a hole in each one near the top.
Instruct children to spread white glue on a fruit shape, set it inside the box top and sprinkle on the powder. Let sit as glue soaks up powder. Shake off extra and let dry. String shapes on string, securing each one with a knot.
Children can scratch and sniff the different fruit flavours while proudly wearing a necklace they helped make.