Coffee Scrub Essential Oil Bars using Recycled Keurig Cups

A delightful coffee and sugar scrub using Essential Oils and Keurig Cups molds

Coffee and Sugar Scrub Bath Bars using Keurig K Cups

If you like coffee, you’re going to LOVE this homemade bath bar and scrub.  It’s a great recipe for revitalizing tired bodies at the end of a long day with kids!  The bars are made in Keurig K cups so begin saving the ones you’d otherwise throw away!  Come refresh, relax, and enjoy the scent and feel of a great body scrub and bath bar!

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Keurig Cups make great molds for soaps and bath barsTo make the coffee and sugar bath scrub bars, you’ll need (this recipe makes 5 Keurig cup molds when filled to the first line):

  • 2 Heaping Tbls. Coffee Grounds from used and opened Keurig Cups  
  • 5 Empty Keurig Cups – Wash the empty K cups and dry thoroughly – place a piece of tape over the small hole in the bottom of the cup to seal.
  • 1/4 Cup Turbinado Sugar  – can also substitute brown or white sugar if desired
  • Thieves Essential Oil – 6-8 drops (a blend of Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils)
  • Goat’s Milk Soap Base – 10 small squares to fill 5 Keurig cup molds
Coffee and Sugar Scrub Bath Bars with Essential Oils


Instructions:  Melt the squares of Goat’s milk soap base as directed on the package.  Stir after the first 40 seconds and microwave until completely melted.  Add the coffee grounds, turbinado sugar, Thieves Essential Oil, and stir well.  Pour the mixture into the empty Keurig Cups.

Keurig Cups make GREAT molds for soaps and bars!

To speed up the setting time, place the molds in the freezer for 20 minutes or leave at room temperature to for at least 40 minutes.  Gently press the bottom of the Keurig cups to release the coffee and sugar bars.  The K cups can be saved to make additional bars as desired.

These are also wonderful bars to gift to a friend, fellow teacher, childcare provider, or a new mom!  Place 5 bars in a glass jar, print the recipe cards here – Coffee and Sugar Scrub Essential Oil Bars Recipe, and attach the cards to the jar for a delightful handmade gift!

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Chalk Dust and Feather Writing: Learning Names in Preschool

Chalk Dust and Feather Writing for Preschool

Chalk Dust and Feather Writing:  Learning Names in Preschool!

Summer learning can be FUN for preschoolers with a CHALK THEME!  The Playful Preschool Blogging Team is offering wonderful suggestions for playful learning with activities centered around CHALK!  Grab your own chalk, a few simple supplies, and come PLAY with us!

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Grating Chalk is a GREAT activity for enhancing fine motor control!

Practical Life Skills and Fine Motor Control:  Grating Chalk with a small hand-held cheese grater makes a wonderful practical life skills activity and fine motor tray for preschoolers.  Use a chalk holder (or tape the bottom of the chalk) to remind kids to keep fingers away from the grater as the chalk gets smaller.  Set the chalk grater over a bowl on a table or tray and leave it out during the summer.  Use the grated chalk dust for the feather writing tray below.  *Safety precaution:  as always, supervise young children closely when grating chalk so that they don’t sniff/inhale the chalk dust.


Chalk Dust and Feather Writing for Learning Names in Preschool

Materials needed:

  • Chalk Dust (from the grating activity above)
  • A Tray or Shallow Container (to hold the chalk dust)
  • Feathers (for writing)
  • Index Cards or small chalk boards (for writing names of the children)

Some of the first words young children learn are the names of family members and their own.  Invite the children to pour the grated chalk dust onto the tray.  For younger children, an adult can write the letters in the child’s name on an index card or miniature chalk board. Have the children use the feather to copy the letters into the fine chalk dust.  To begin again, the children can use the feather’s end to gently brush over the chalk letters for further practice.  It’s a fun way to encourage children to begin writing and practice letter transferring skills!

Extension Activity:  dip the tip of the feather in water before writing in the chalk.  Kids can also use small paintbrushes, if desired.

For ways to begin pre-writing with preschoolers, please see:  Lavender Scented Pre-Writing and Apple Spiced Playdough Pre-Writing.

Chalk and Feather Writing for Playful ECE 008

For more FUN ways to play and learn with preschoolers this summer, see Beach Theme Activities or Ocean-Themed Activities here on the blog!

To see other wonderful CHALK-THEMED Activities, please visit the suggestions below!

Chalk Letter Writing from Learning 2 Walk

Alphabet Activities: Chalk Road by Growing Book by Book

Chalk Painting Letters from Mom Inspired Life

Setting-up for Summer Learning with Chalks from Rainy Day Mum

Bubbling Chalk: Science Experiment by Capri +3

Chalk Paint from Tiny Tots Adventure

Chalk Shadow Drawings by Still Playing School


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Lemon Bar Essential Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe

Lemon Bar Body and Hand Scrub CollageLEMON BAR ESSENTIAL OIL SUGAR SCRUB

For many teachers, classes are over for the summer and we are considering donning our first pair of shorts for the season!  If your skin needs a little tender loving care, the Lemon Bar Sugar Scrub is a homemade recipe that uses lemon essential oil to gently exfoliate and brighten skin – it’s an EASY indulgence that can be made and replenished as needed right at home this summer!

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LEMON BAR ESSENTIAL OIL SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE – Recipe Cards for Lemon Bar Essential Oil Sugar Scrub


  • 1 heaping Tbls. Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar


Lemon Bar Essential Oil Sugar Scrub to Make at Home!

The recipe makes two – 4 oz. jars or one – 8 oz. jar of sugar scrub.  Spoon the crust mixture in the bottom of a glass jar.  Top the crust with the filling and cap the jar tightly.  Use the Lemon Bar Sugar Scrub in the shower or bath (make sure you spoon out part of the crust and filling and rub gently into your skin).  You will FEEL the difference it makes even after one use (and it SMELLS delicious)!

To make a summer hostess gift for friends, print the Lemon Bar Essential Oil Sugar Scrub recipe cards (linked above)!  Tie a pretty ribbon or twine around the jars for a refreshing gift with the scent of summertime! **Note – the lemon bar sugar scrub jars make a great gift for summer tutors, childcare providers, mom’s helpers, and summer sitters!

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Top 10 Ocean and Beach-Themed Activities for Preschool!

Beach and Ocean Themed Activities for Preschool


This week the #PlayfulECE Team offers the best in summer learning through PLAY for preschoolers!  Even if you don’t have a chance to visit the ocean or a beach this summer, the activities below will bring the delights of playful learning, creating, and exploration to kids at home or in the preschool classroom!

Beach CountingBEACH-THEMED PLAYDOUGH COUNTING – Preschoolers will love playing with the playdough and beach-themed objects!  It is a great way to PLAY with one-to-one correspondence and work on basic counting skills over the summer.

Sea Turtle Life Cycle

SEA TURTLE LIFE CYCLE:  Explore the Life Cycle of a Sea Turtle with a unique SENSORY BAG that will encourage kids to learn through tactile and sensory PLAY!

Sand Pail CountingSand Pail Counting – Print the sand pail template for playful practice with basic counting and one-to-one correspondence!

Graham Cracker Beach

GRAHAM CRACKER BEACH – Create a BEACH-THEMED treat that will delight kids of all ages!

Describing SeashellsDescribing Seashells – Print the game boards for each of the children and laminate for durability.  This game will enhance verbal skills when describing seashells to play!

Croissant CRAB Snack for Kids!

CROISSANT CRAB SNACK – Build a croissant crab for a snack that is FUN to MAKE and EAT!

Beach Rhyming WordsBeach Rhyming Words – practice words that RHYME with a FREE PRINTABLE for playful learning this summer!

Oyster and Pearl Cookie Snack

OYSTER and PEARL COOKIE SNACK – an EASY to create snack to accompany discussions and PLAY with an OCEAN or BEACH THEME!
Shark Cookie SnackShark Cookies – Print the shark fins to heavy paper and laminate!  It’s a fun snack for an Ocean or Beach Theme at home or in the classroom!

Ocean Animals Thematic Unit from The Preschool Toolbox

The Ocean Theme from The Preschool Toolbox is an instant download that contains an extensive book list, literacy, math, science, art and craft ideas, gross motor, sensory, and more food craft ideas for Preschool and Kindergarten.  ALL you need to explore the OCEAN this summer at home or in the classroom!

For even MORE great ideas for Summer Play and Learning, please visit the activities below from the #PlayfulECE team of bloggers!

10 Sensory Fun Ideas for Preschoolers Learning 2 Walk

10 Book Inspired Cooking Activities for Preschoolers by Growing Book by Book

10 Preschool Summer Activities All About Coconuts by Fun-A-Day!

10 Ladybug Learning Activities by Tiny Tots Adventures

10 Summer Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers by Mom Inspired Life

10 Ways to Play and Learn with Sand by Still Playing School

10 Ways to Learn About Colors with Your Preschooler from Life Over C’s

10 Fun Math Activities to Keep Your Preschooler Learning all Summer by The Educators’ Spin On It


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