Summer Souvenirs Activity
Your child will have a unique vacation memento with this glass bottle art project. It's a wonderful way to capture those great summer memories and preserve them for years to come!
What You Need:
- Empty glass jar
- Souvenirs collected from a vacation such as: sand, shells, rocks, stickers, postcards, stamps, coins, ticket stubs, small representations of places visited such as a toy Statue of Liberty, etc.
- Hot glue gun
- Paper and pencil
- Label sticker (optional)
What You Do:
- During your next family vacation, have your child collect the souvenirs described above. Tell her she will create a “Glass Bottle Vacation Memento” to help remember her fun trip.
- After your travels, have her decide which mementos she wants to arrange as an artistic display inside the empty glass jar. Postcards and photographs will probably be too large, but she can use scissors to cut out important parts so she can then include them in the display.
- She may have some items that she wants to glue to the back inside of the jar, such as pictures, stamps or ticket stubs, which she can do using a hot glue gun (with a parent’s help).
- Some items can be displayed at the bottom inside of the jar, such as sand, rocks, shells, toy representations, or coins.
- When she has finished creating her artistic display, she can use a small 3" x 3" piece of paper and a pencil to write a memory of her trip. This will be the “message in the bottle,” and can be folded up into a tiny size to go inside the bottle.
- She may want to use a plain white sticker label on the outside of the jar (but not covering her pretty display) to write the name of the place she visited and the date of the trip. Now she'll be able to enjoy her vacation memories for years to come!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.