Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Can You Find It?

I have several more ideas for my Tennis Ball Canisters. (please see the previous 2 posts for other ideas for these sleek, tall ,clear tubes).

Wouldn't it be fun to create your own Find It game? 
Here is an example of a "store bought" game. 

I was thinking about all of the "stuff" I could gather up from around my house:

tiny toys in the bottom of the toy bins
junk drawer items
small notes to your child on a piece of heavy plastic
shells from the beach
an important rock
a treasured lego guy

Make a list as you plop the items into the canister. Then fill with birdseed, or styrofoam balls.  (rocks or sand will scratch the interior of the plastic container). Make sure to hot glue the lid into place.  Hand your child "The List" and watch them scramble to find all of their treasures.

Friday, July 6, 2012

You CAN Make One Too!

Canister project #2

As you know, I've happened upon an entire case of empty tennis ball cans.  They somehow inspired me.

Here's how to make a BIRD FEEDER out of one:

The inspiration.

Find a few sticks the yard and cut them an inch or two wider than the width of the canister.

Drill 4  holes through the tennis ball can, directly across from one another in order to slide the sticks through.  You may need to play around with the diameter of the drill bit, it should be slightly larger than the sticks you are using.

 I ended up using a sharp knife to remove the plastic that remained after using the drill.

Also drill a few smaller holes: one each over the stick perches for the finch food dispenser, and 2 across from each other near the lid to slide a piece of twine through to hang it.
Dab around each stick with some hot glue to seal the stick into place.

 Fill with finch food and snap the lid back on!

The birds have found it already!