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Beeswax candles: an activity for children of all ages. The following activity is a guest post written by Jennifer Naraki. She can be found on IG @jennifernaraki.
Bees bring such bountiful blessings to us! Not only do we rely on their gift of pollination, which is an enormous gift in itself, but they just keep giving! Their beautiful gift of honeycomb, provides us with both honey and wax. Honey is a delight to eat, add to baking or sweeten drinks, such as tea, with. Beeswax has many uses, one of which is making candles. Before electricity was invented, candles were necessary to provide light when it was dark. Though not as much of a necessity today, candles provide a warm, cozy, calm atmosphere. They are a delight to have burning when the sun has set for the day, and darkness falls upon us. Not only do they create an inviting space, natural beeswax candles are said to be a natural ionizer. That means when they burn, they purify the air of dust, pollens, odors, toxins, and more, while leaving a light, sweet honey scent in the air. Our family enjoys not only burning beeswax candles, but making them too! There are several ways of doing this. We prefer to order a kit online, from Amazon, which includes beeswax sheets and wicks. Making the candles is so simple.
- Place beeswax sheet on a smooth surface.
- Cut the beeswax to size, with scissors, to create the size of candle you desire.
- Cut the wick to size, to run the length of the beeswax sheet with some left above it.
- Place the wick along the side of the beeswax, closest to you.
- Roll the wick into the wax, pressing firmly down.
- Continue rolling the beeswax tightly, until you have rolled the entire sheet.
- Roll the candle back and forth on the table to seal the end.
- Cut the wick on top to ½ an inch.
- Place your candle in a holder.
- Light + enjoy!
Thank you Jennifer for your contribution with this fun bee activity.