I started with a trip to Hobby Lobby. This was actually my first time in a Hobby Lobby because they just opened a store in Maryland. We went home to visit my parents for Thanksgiving and I was so excited. I could have shopped in that store all day.
- Plastic jar with lid: Mine were two for $7.99
- Plastic Pellets: $3.99
- 20-30 small objects
- Self-Laminating Sheets: $3.49
- Small piece of elastic – enough to stretch around the top of the jar
- Gather your small objects: I went through all my junk drawers and art supplies to get random objects: paper clip, penny, dime, screw, buttons, stickers, letter beads, fishing worm, etc. Anything I could find that was small enough to fit in the jar.
- Take a picture of the objects or create a list of the objects: I placed the objects on my printer/copy machine and made a color copy of all the objects. You could also take a picture of your objects and print the photo. The list of objects would be perfect for older children.
- Make smaller cards of objects: I cut the copy of my objects into 4 sections so the cards would be smaller.
- Laminate the cards: I took two cards and put them back to back. Then I used the Self-Laminating sheets to laminate the cards – two cards per sheet.
- Place all the objects into the jar.
- Pour in plastic pellets.
- Glue the lid to the jar: I placed super glue around the inside of the lid and placed the lid on the jar.
- Attach cards to jar: I punched a hole in the cards and put elastic through the hole. I wanted it to stretch around the top of the jar and easily come off when Connor was playing with it.