Find It Jars

 

Find It Jars are a great way to keep your kids entertained and encourage them to work together. Using jars filled with rice, “hide” various small objects in the rice and let your children look for the objects by twisting and turning the jar. Find It Jars are an easy DIY and can be made with the help of your kids!

When creating your own Find It Jars, recruit your children to help find small items from around your home (for example, buttons, paper clips, coins, and small toys such as dinosaurs, animals or bugs). Once you have collected between 10-15 items, depending on the size of your jar, take a photo of the objects all together. This will be attached to your jar (see below).

 Find It Jars

Find It Jars

To color your rice, put uncooked rice in a zip-top bag. Next, put in a few squirts of hand sanitizer and food coloring (be sure to put the hand sanitizer in first for more vibrant colors). Zip the bag closed and shake the rice to evenly distribute the hand sanitizer and food coloring. (Using different colors of rice will make it harder to find the items hidden in the jar.) After a few seconds, dump the rice onto a paper towel to dry. (Rice will dry quickly. You can also use this method for coloring pasta for other crafts, but note that pasta will take longer to dry.) Once the rice is dry, place your small objects in your jar and layer the rice by colors. Fill the jar nearly to the top and put the cover on it. Depending on the age of the children using the Find It Jars, you make want to glue the cover of your jar so they cannot get the rice or objects out. Once your jar is completed, put your photo on the jar and cover it with contact paper so your child can use dry erase markers to cross off the objects as they find them.

This is a great activity that can be remade multiple times with different objects to keep kids interested. As your children get older, you can make them more challenging by using more and smaller objects.

Find It Jars can also be used when your child needs to “take a break” from situations where they need to calm down. We often use this type of activity when my son needs to step away and calm himself down because it gives him a goal to work toward. After a few minutes, he is calm and ready to go back to what he was doing.