Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Summer Vacation Memory Jars

We're running down to the end of our summer fun and will be wrapping up our "summer bucket list" this week and gearing up for school.  "Make summer memory jars" is on our list.  Although we haven't pulled it yet, we decide to rummage through our leftover slips to find it.  We figured we could bend the rules a little now.

Summer beach vacation memory jars, summer activities for kids

This project was so easy, inexpensive, and fun!  We recycled a glass jar and used our recent beach finds to fill it. Little J found a bunch of fossilized shark teeth this trip. We've started calling him "the shark tooth whisperer" (he even found some at night while we were on a crab walk!). I collected small white stones that seemed to be everywhere. Juiciness and Sassyfras collected shells and various rocks.

summer beach vacation memory jars

We also colored some beach sand to use in the bottom of the jar.  To color the sand, we added a few drops of blue food coloring and stirred it.  Then, I microwaved it in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the sand was dry.  Be careful, the sand will be hot!  I waited for it to cool before putting it out for the kids to use. 

Summer beach vacation memory jars

Little J also put in a pirate decoration from his party.  To finish the jar, we painted the lid and glued a giant cockle to the top of it.  It sits along side a bowl of white stones on our kitchen table now.

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MaryAnne said...

I've wondered how to make colored sand - thanks for the tip!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

This is an awesome idea! It's nice to have memories so easily available to touch.

Sherri said...

Love this idea!!!

Earning-My-Cape said...

What a fun idea!
Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

maggy, red ted art said...

And another totally adorable post. What a beautiful way to end a holiday/ summer and remember the good times had!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


Anonymous said...

What a cute idea and way to remember the trip to the beach! We leave on Saturday and I totally want to gather some supplies while there!

Hinterland Mama said...

These are a fantastic idea.
I love the idea of labeling the jar.

I wrote a post when we made something similar after a trip to the beach. Little aquariums :)

Carrie said...

What a great idea!! I love it! Such a great way to keep your memories! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!