“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Find-It Jars

Here's another simple but fun activity- take a glass jar, fill it about 3/4 full with birdseed and then add in 10 or so small objects from around the house. You may want to stir in the objects that you add to spread them around in the birdseed. Screw the lid on tight and voila, a toy! Rowan loves trying to search for all the objects she added to the jar. Ours has things like a thimble, a plastic butterfly barrette, a coin, a piece of sea glass-it's a good way to get rid of small odds and ends lying around. You could also make it with cool objects found in nature (acorn, special shells, a small feather, etc). Rowan likes to switch out the little pieces every now and then. My mother-in-law made one of these for my husband and his sister when they were younger, and she even wrote a list of the objects to find and taped it to the bottom of the jar. I see they sell these in toy stores now, but this is much easier and more fun!

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