activity: dinosaur discovery jar• skill: sensory • age: 20 months
supplies: plastic container with screw-on lid, small object, epoxy or super glue, large scale glitter, other small objects • shopping & cost: found objects, $0.00
setup: 10 minutes (day before) 5 minutes (day of) • activity time: 30 minutes • cleanup time: 0 minutes
instructions, notes, warnings: Before scheduled activity time, select a small interesting object to place inside the jar. Use epoxy or super glue to secure the object to the lid of the jar. Allow bonding agent to dry. The day of the activity, allow little one to help place glitter and other small objects in the jar. Add water and screw on lid. If the lid will not provide a water-tight seal, consider creating seal using additional epoxy or super glue. Once secure, give to child. Ensure that glitter does not make it into the child’s eyes and any glue or epoxy is kept out of reach. Choose a plastic jar over a glass jar to avoid injury.
source and modifications: I used a very small jar that I got from Grandma thinking that the novelty of its miniature size would hold Alistair’s attention longer since he is really into little things right now; however, the size of the jar severely limited our object options and this particular jar ultimately created a leaky mess. source: Teach Preschool
review: I made the mistake of incorporating some new little buttons that Grandma had given us into the project, again thinking that it would hold his attention longer. I was correct in thinking that he would like the buttons, but underestimated his desire to have them in-hand and not confined to the jar. Alistair was on board with the project at first, but quickly became upset by the idea of these new little favorite objects of his being trapped forever more. We wound up dismantling the whole thing so he could play with the pieces. rating: ♥
for next time: Choose a bigger jar with a water-tight seal or create seal to prevent leaking and allow for more objects. Choose interesting but benign objects that he is not too attached to or perhaps isn’t seeing for the first time.