My daughter's Girls Scout Troop made this
craft and the girls loved it.
Start with a clean, dry mayonaise jar. Collect little items such
as a coin, paperclip, button, rubber band, pencil top eraser,
pom poms, feather, beads, legos, Barbie doll shoes, pen cap,
sequins, earring, safety pin, small rock, small twig, acorn
|Create a label by making a list on the computer of items that
you collected. Add a heading to the list "Mini Treasue Hunt
Items". Be sure to make the print the correct size so that when
you print it the list it is slightly smaller than the mayonaise
jar. You may want to consider a color theme and set your font
color accordingly. Punch a hole into the top of your label and
add a themed color ribbon. Be sure the ribbon is slightly longer
than the diameter of the jar.
Take the lid of the jar and color/paint it or cover it with
Put the trinkets you collected into the bottom of the jar.
Add theme colored sand to the jar about 3/4 of the way full. You
need to leave enough room for the treasures to be revealed. (
Note: You can opt to use small pasta or rice instead of sand. In
addition, you can dye the rice/pasta using food coloring. If you
opt to dye it you will need to add a couple tablespoons of
alcohol to a few drops of food coloring, add the rice/pasta and
put it in a plastic Ziploc baggie. Make sure all of the rice is
coated nicely, set it aside for an hour or two and then spread
it out on a cookie sheet to dry.)
Add a small amount of glue to the edge of the jar and secure the
lid. Make sure it is properly sealed to avoid a mess.
Tie the ribbon from the label
around the jar.
Next step is to give it to
the kids and have them spin or shake the jar to find all of the
items on their list. Make it more fun by setting a timer and
they have to find the items before the timer goes off.