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With an 8 month old, we go through quite a few jars of baby food. I have a lot of great plans for the jars, but not so many for the lids. Then I thought of a great little craft that is *gasp* educational too!
- baby food jar lids
- magazines and/or newspapers
- Mod Podge
- sponge or foam brush
- magnets (either discs or a roll to cut)
- spray paint (optional)
We’ve been trying to work with Charlie on his letters a lot lately and this is a great exercise for that.
If you’d like to spray paint your lids, do this ahead of time so they can be drying while you’re doing your letters. When the magnets are in use, you’ll see the sides and some of the inside. We decided not to spray paint ours because Charlie’s too little to really help with that.
We sat down with a magazine (we all know they’re just lying around the house) and I told Charlie to find the letter “A”. After showing him a “Big A” and a “Little A”, he picked out a few of each while flipping through the magazine. He got so excited every time he would find another one!
After he found a one that he wanted to use, Dad or I cut it out. Charlie’s too little to use scissors to actually cut letters out, so we did this part. If you’re child is old enough to do this, go for it.
After we found our letters, we put some glue in the lid and then stuck in as many as we could fit.
Then we let the glue dry a few minutes before we covered our letters with mod podge.
After our mod podge had dried and all the letters were nicely sealed, we cut the magnet tape and to put on the back. You can use the adhesive or add a little super glue or use the hot glue gun. We just used the adhesive and it seems to be working well.
And there you have it! Easy craft and a learning activity rolled into one!
We found that Charlie was into it for about 3 letters, so we’ll be working on these throughout the summer.