Empty, plastic, two-piece containers from the quarter machines
at the grocery store
String, ribbon or jewelry cord
The treasure part is up to you!
You've heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's
treasure," right? The person who came up with that phrase obviously
was a parent.
Kids find the oddest "treasures." To you, that rock looks like
any old rock and a ladybug looks like any other ladybug. But your
kid sees it differently. To a child, those everyday items can be
How many times has your child come to you proudly displaying her
latest find when you've been out for a walk or hanging out at the
local park? Using a few simple supplies, you can help your nature
lover create a necklace to display his latest and greatest finds
This project was inspired by the two-piece, plastic containers
that you find in the trinket vending machines at grocery stores.
You know, the shiny, red machines that entice your children to beg,
"Can I please have a quarter? Please?"
Although the contents of those machines are certainly no
treasures, the little plastic containers that hold the prizes do
lend themselves to a more creative application. Next time you are
at the grocery store, hand out some quarters to your shopping
assistants and pick up a few of these containers for a future craft
Once you've collected some containers, you're ready to create
necklaces for your treasure hunter. Using a thumbtack, carefully
push some holes into the top of each container (an adults-only job,
obviously). The holes need to be large enough to easily thread a
piece of ribbon or string through. Cut a piece of string and thread
it evenly through the holes in the plastic top so that both ends
can be loosely tied around your child's neck.
If your child might use their necklace temporarily to transport
any living bugs, poke several additional holes in the plastic top
to allow for air flow. All bugs should, of course, only be observed
short-term and then set free.
Once the necklace has been constructed, add embellishments like
beads or additional ribbons to personalize it.
Secure the trinket necklace to your explorer next time you head
out on an excursion. Kids easily can remove the bottom portion,
install their treasure (be it bug or flower) and securely snap the
top back into place.
Encourage them to explore. Who knows what they might find to
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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