Making Orange Pomanders

by Josée

Making an orange pomander is a simple winter activity that leaves your home smelling deliciously like Christmas. To make an orange pomander you will need:

an orange, small navel oranges work best for little hands
whole cloves
a piece of ribbon
a wood skewer, a small nail or something similar to make holes in the orange rind

Start by tying the ribbon around the orange. While this step can be omitted the ribbon is helpful to use as a line guide when poking in the cloves. Some people will wrap elastics around the orange for the same purpose. Also, it’s important that the pomander dries out completely in the months after it has been made otherwise the orange might mold and rot. Having a ribbon to hang it from is handy for this purpose and it looks rather pretty too. Once the ribbon is secure, poke holes into the orange rind using a skewer or small nail then tuck a whole clove into each hole. That’s it! My four year old was able to poke the holes and push in the cloves all on her own. My two year old was able to push in the cloves without my help, and it was a great way for him to work on fine motor control!

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Cindy December 13, 2014 - 6:05 am

This looks like fun, and I can smell the aroma just from your pictures. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing this idea, I think we will be trying this too

Alice McCrea December 13, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Josee I always marvel at how creative you are and how the children are helping all the time. This really is good for their self esteem and of course also becoming themselves creative. When I had my daycare in prince George I gave the families this poem= CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE.
If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility,He learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, He learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, He learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, He learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, He learns justice.
If a child lives with security. He learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, He learns to love himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns to find love in the world.

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If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule,He learns to be shy.


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