Immediately we each found things we wanted to take home with us. I swapped for some cat slippers for Miss M which she absolutely loves and wears even on these hot hot days. I got a Flightpath book for my father who has a keen interest in planes and then my favourite was a beautiful temp red and black dress which had never been worn.
For the kids I set up magazine bunting decorations, a mat full of things from our recycling (boxes, egg cartons etc) to see where their imagination would take them but we found the most fun in making beautiful snow globes out of baby food jars. It was a great way to reuse them. Here's how they were made....
* NB Lots of parental assistance is needed with this activity, from handling glass jars to using the super glue.
You will need...
Baby food jars
Strong glue like Super Glue - water resistant
Figurine - we used tiny My Little Pony figures
- Super Glue the figurine to the inside of the lid, making sure you have enough room to put it back on the jar. I did this process the night before so they were ready to go.
- Add about a teaspoon of glitter to the inside of the jar.
- Fill the jar almost to the top with water.
- Put Super Glue around the top of the jar and return the lid, screwing it on tightly. Be careful not to spill the glue!
- Keep the jar upright until the glue dries.
There you have it. One very simple but beautiful snow globe.
Hosting a swap party was a lot of fun and it felt good to be reusing items that might otherwise be thrown away or left sitting in a cupboard. I also found it a great way to teach the girls about the three R's - reduce, reuse, recycle. If you're interested in hosting a swap party go to http://www.recyclingweek.planetark.org/ for all the details.
Have you entered the BusyBrissyMum card giveaway? Entries close and winner will be drawn tomorrow, Friday, November 27 @ 9pm. Let me know what item you would choose to giveaway at a swap. Please make sure your name is clearly on your comment.