Guest post from Jen at Paint Cut Paste
I love the natural art materials the earth provides this time of year! My 4 year old daughter and I have been having a great time making all sorts of things with acorn caps – such as tiny acorn cap candles, felted wool balls with acorn caps on them, and little fairies acorn caps for hats. This time we created acorn cap “jewels.”
I have seen this idea around the web lately, so I thought we’d give it a try at home. We had all of the materials on hand, and I’ll bet you do, too. You’ll need:
- Acorn caps
- Elmer’s school glue (or any school glue brand that dries clear.)
- Markers (we used Mr. Sketch markers because we love the scents!)
- Rice, beans, or play dough to hold your caps in place while they dry (We used some old play dough.)
First, my daughter had a great time coloring the insides of the acorn caps with each color marker, and placing them securely in the play dough.
We set our acorn caps aside to dry for 48 hours. My daughter was very excited to check on them periodically over these days and watch the colors begin to show through the drying glue. Once they were all dry, they looked like vibrant, shining jewels!We’ve had lots of fun playing with them since they were made. They’ve become jewels for indoor and outdoor treasure hunts, “money” in my daughter’s store-related play, and tokens used in our own game of memory (flip them upside down and try to match the colors and remember where they were – if you want to play this, be sure to make two of each color.) The uses are as endless as your child’s imagination… and when you’re finished playing with these little gems, they bring such a autumnal decorative touch sitting out in a bowl in your home.