I have a ton of the plastic square baby food containers with lids. We would like to use them for VBS crafts. Does anyone have any simple kid friendly craft ideas that we could use these in? Thanks.
By April from NW MO
Here are some from a first-grade teacher.
For the Teacher: organizers for desk (paper clips, etc)
Music: have students experiment with sounds by putting various objects in to shake
Science: grow a seed in water and watch it sprout
make a miniature biome! they could make one for each biome and have a collection
poke some holes and have a bug catcher
put spices in and use for sniffing and identifying smells
Math: use for sorting, balance, use to teach all +-x and / with manipulatives
Social Studies: make a bulletin board with a classroom world map and showcase crafts from around the world inside while pinning the containers to the country on the map
Art: 3D Christmas tree ornaments
endless uses, especially for paints for groups to use
Misc: send one home with each child at the beginning of the school year and have them put something inside to tell about themselves to the rest of the class
A number of thoughts come to mind.
1) jars for storing glue, paint, glitter, etc. that you might use for creating your crafts
2) jars for making up premade cocoa or tea mixes, etc. to give as gifts or sell
3) storing safety pins, beads, buttons, paper clips, tacks, etc.
4) jars for putting honey in to sell or give as gifts
When I was doing my Early Childhood education degree I had to find projects for a class and we had to have like 50 projects. I came across a baby food jar project that you put water, some glitter, and a dollar store figure on the top of the jar. Then something else (to make the water stay clear). I don't recall that product but if you put those all together it makes it look like a home made snow globe. The thing is the children love to pick the figures and the glitter. Make sure you help them with the glitter though, they tend to be a bit messy. Oh and use cloth or something on the button (which would be top of the jar), or velvet would be the best, red, green, white, black, they tend to end up being Christmas presents.
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