In deciding what to dub our current project, I was a bit at a loss. “Bath sachets” sound sort of fuddy-duddy, don’t they? Keep in mind the majority of my students are boys. And then there’s the word “sachet” itself: if I had a nickel for every child that pronounced “sachet” as “sach-it,” I could be planning a winter trip to the Caribbean! Of course I couldn’t call our project “Bath Salts,” as that conjures images of designer drugs and horrific side-effects. So, I turned to my friend, Pinterest. A quick search of “bath sachets” or so some such entry brought up the terrific term, “tub tea!”
The unrealized benefit to naming our current project Tub Tea has been the looks on students’ faces when they read the title on our white board. “What?” they gasp, a look of disgust or unsure surprise on their face. Then some variation on “You’re going to make us drink our bath water?” follows. Of course, half-way through the week the joke had tired, and I would quickly explain to the awaiting class that yes, we’re making Tub Tea, but no, you’re not going to drink it.
Our recipe is simple yet offers usable information and real life skills. We learned about the therapeutic benefits and chemical elements of sea salt and epsom salt, as well as the benefits to adding baking soda for healing minor skin irritations as well as providing that little bit of fizz or effervescence.
After measuring and mixing our ingredients, students poured their scented salts onto a square of muslin, closed it with a rubber band, and chose a ribbon to add some color and polish.
Given the option to add a stamp to the bottom of the sachet, most chose “mom” though some put the initials of the intended receiver of their Tub Tea. The students finally packaged their sachets up in a plastic bag, added a label and handed their product back to me, sometimes begrudgingly, (as we know from last week’s post) for safe-keeping. You should see the size of our class bags, they are really beginning to have some heft!
More photos of our sessions making Tub Tea