I was determined to give somehting handmade to my husband for Father’s Day this year – something Birdie could make with me. I’ll admit it though, I turned into one of those moms, and, well, I kind of took over in the end. Birdie and her daddy need quiet things to do at the end of the day when he comes home from work, and this Eye Spy Bucket is a great solution.I found the idea thanks to Modern Parents Messy Kids, who in turn found it over at Pink and Green Mama. (Sidebar, both of these blogs rock! Check them out!).
So. we found a fun container, rice, food coloring + alcohol, hot glue, beads, trinkets, sequins, buttons (I LOVE our lil’ wooden mouse buttons), charms, and other randomness. My only stupid moment? Starting on the Friday before Father’s Day. We had to get it done before he got home – and we failed miserably! Birdie’s need to grab the little treasures every moment I tried to take their photo (for the bottom of the bucket) didn’t help. Luckily he slept in Sunday morning while I added the finishing touches. (and thank you darling Katherine, our nanny, for helping us dry out the rice and hide the evidence from him!).
The tutorial from Pink and Green Mama is very straightforward, and dying the rice is pretty easy. Here are some extra tips I learned along the way:
- Next time I definitely want to try the liquid watercolors she mentions. We used food coloring, and the colors are just not as vibrant. I want more color!
- Surprisingly, heavier objects work better than lighter ones. I thought they’d fall too fast and end up buried at the bottom. But they’re the easiest to find when you rotate the bucket.
- Little bits of paper, sequins, and fabric flowers gather static in this flexible plastic, so they end up glued to the edges, and don’t hide themselves.
- Play with the amount of rice you use – the more the rice, the less it moves around, making it harder to find things. Older kids might prefer that. For Birdie, who’s 2.5, I left some extra room so the rice has more room to move, revealing the hidden gems faster.