Caring Matters

Help for Our Helpers

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K , School-Age

Drawing of three red hearts.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to develop increasing care for self, others, and environment and develop sense of identity and belonging.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop orange essential oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 1-2 small containers with lid such as small jar, etc.
  • Optional: wrapping paper, ribbon, gift tag

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction, independent for children ages 10 and up.


This activity will create a soothing body scrub that can be shared with a community helper to show appreciation for the work they do each day. Recipe makes 1-2 portions, depending on the size of your container. (This can be doubled or tripled to make more for sharing if needed.)

  • Step 1: Melt coconut oil for 10-15 seconds in the microwave.
  • Step 2: Stir in sugar.
  • Step 3: Add vanilla and essential oil. Stir well and place into containers.
  • Step 4: Write a note or draw a picture to accompany your gift. Wrap or decorate, if you desire.

Share with a community helper such as a mail carrier, sanitation worker, grocery store employee or even a neighbor.

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