In the two years that Junior has been eating "non-Mama" food, we've gone through a lot of little glass jars. While the countless trips to the recycling center are good, the trip gets pretty dull.
What do you do with a sack full of little glass jars?
Well, if you're like me and know a few dozen teachers, you entertain kids with an easy craft project. Snow globes!
Gather up some baby food jars and scrub 'em good and clean. Soak the labels off, too. While they soak, gather up your craft supplies. You'll need a hot glue gun (to be used only with grownup supervision), some glitter, and some little plastic trinkets.
Dry the jars and lids carefully, then glue a plastic dohickey to the inside of the lid. A snowman charm, a critter figurine, a stack of alphabet beads that spell out your name... Pick something cool and glue it in place.
Now for the jar. Shake in a little glitter. Use a couple of colors for a neat swirly effect. CAREFULLY pour in some water, leaving some room at the top.
Okay, here's the only tricky part of the whole project: glue on the lid. Run a bead of hot glue all around the inside edge of the lid and quickly put the lid in place on your jar. Tighten it down before the glue cools. Let your jar sit quietly, lid up, for twenty minutes or so to let the glue cure.
It's done! Give yourself a pat on the back for your clever recycling idea and admire your handiwork.
What do you want to make today?