Have you ever seen those nifty find-it jars in the toy store? Last Christmas, I made a find-it for the puzzle lover in my life and it has given them hours of entertainment. Keep reading to learn how to make your own find-it.
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Step 1: Jar and Items
Find a nice jar with a lid. Any jar will work, the smoother the shape the better. Also, long tube-like jars have a nice effect.
Collect an assortment of small objects. Depending on who you are making it for, the object can be very small for a harder challenge or larger for someone with poor eyesight or frustrates easily. I think the best way to go is a combination of sizes. Here are a few ideas:
a rubber band
a straight pin
a paper clip
See the picture for the contents of my jar.
Step 2: List
Make a list of the objects, you will need this later. For even more fun ,be a little cryptic in your descriptions!
Step 3: Fill the Jar
For my filler material, I used perler beads which are similar to the plastic pieces in the original find-it toys. I bought a few thousand beads for a few dollars on Amazon. To fill the jar, alternately pour in the perler beads and your objects to get an even and challenging mix.
Step 4: Cap and List
Cap the jar tightly, if you wish, use a little glue. Get a sturdy piece of card stock and write down the list of all the items. Punch a hole in the card stock and tie the list to the top of the jar. Use the list as a reference when playing with the jar. Now you are finished! Go enjoy your find-it jar!