Wednesday, February 10, 2010

DIY: Find It

Have you seen these precious Find It game/toys at the book and toy stores?

I am going to admit that I am a sucker for toys that double as an educational experience.     This container contains 47 items hidden in colored pellets.   You have to shake, find, twist and turn to find every item.   It is an awesome toy for riding in the car, a restaurant or in a waiting room.

The problem?   The cost.    I could never justify the price of just one of these.     And I REALLY wanted to have one for each of my sweet nieces.    

So... I decided that I would try to make my own version.

The first thing I did was start scavenging around the house for objects.    As soon as I told the boys what I was doing, they were all in for helping me look.    The picture below is just a partial list of things we found. 

We knew we were going to need a "pellet" substitution so I grabbed some rice from the cabinet and asked the boys to help me color it.    We put 1 1/2 cups of rice each into three separate ziploc bags.    We added food coloring into the bags using red, blue and yellow.      The boys mixed it really well and then we poured it into a cookie sheet.    We baked at 170 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.

Leaving our rice to cool.    We began filling our bottles with our objects.      We layered using objects, rice, objects, rice, etc...
(Little Guy had just gotten home from Upward Basketball and Big Guy from taking the ACT.  You notice they didn't even take time to change or take off coats.     As soon as they realized I was doing something for our twins, they wanted to help.     Can you tell we are all smitten?)

See how cute they look when they are all filled?    
Notice we put the girl's initial in each of their bottles.   
We tried to find several things with their initials on it for each of their bottles.

The one picture I didn't take?
The girls playing with their new Find It's!!


K Storm said...

Great idea! I had seen those before too and just couldn't buy it...that is a wonderful solution!

Dr. Wifey said...

my nephew got one of those for his birthday last week - i had never seen one before. you are such a creative person!

ashley morgan said...

This is a fantastic idea, and something I've never seen before! I absolutely love it. I would do this for my adult friends!

Taylor & Krisa said...

they love, love, love these!!!

Patti Lacy said...

Oh, MYYYY! Have not seen this COOOL toy that I would play with for hours! Wish I had one ounce of your creativity, Deanna!!


Alice said...

How cute! What sweet boys to make happies for the babies!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

What an awesome idea! I have never seen those toys, but I love how you replicated it. The rice is pretty cool :)

Shelby said...

Deanna, I cannot believe how creative you are! And I can't think of anything sweeter than how your boys love those baby girls!

Deanna said...

I don't know about creative, but I know that where there is a will there is a way!

Stephanie said...

love this idea!