Tussie Mussie

Difficulty 1 Mess Factor 0 Prep Time 10mins Age Levels 2-6+

Way back in the days when the smells of urban living could be abhorrent and plague was a threat, people used to make these simple little posies, using fresh herbs and other common
flowering plants to give or to hold under their nose when venturing out.

My children love making and giving tussie mussies as an unexpected gift for Grandma, special friends and every now and then their teachers. By using the herbs you have to hand (those with woody stems are easier to arrange), your children can make a sweet-smelling and relatively longlasting arrangement.

• long sprigs of rosemary
• long stems of lavender
• long sprigs of a bay, lime,
• lemon or orange tree
• long sprigs of sage. (even better if it’s flowering)
• long stems of mint (any kind will do)
• long stems of curly parsley
• long stems of tea roses
• a rubber band
• some decorative string

Together, combine the flowers and herbs to make a small posy. Have your children write and attach a little note of good wishes and watch as they win the heart of the recipient!

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Extract from Small Fry Outdoors: Inspiration for being outdoors with kids Susie Cameron, Caroline Webster & Katrina Crook. RRP$24.95.

Photography by Katrina Crook

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