Acorn Cap Jewels

Acorn Cap Jewels

I have seen this idea around the web lately, so I thought we’d give it a try at home.

Acorn Cap Jewels
We had all of the materials on hand, and I’ll bet you do, too.
Acorn Cap Jewels
First, my daughter had a great time coloring the insides of the acorn caps with each color marker, and placing them securely in the play dough.
Acorn Cap Jewels
Then she filled each acorn cap up with the school glue.
Acorn Cap Jewels

There were lots of “oohs” right away, as the colors started to seep into the glue.

Acorn Cap Jewels
We set our acorn caps aside to dry for 48 hours. My daughter was very excited to check on them periodically over these days and watch the colors begin to show through the drying glue. Once they were all dry, they looked like vibrant, shining jewels!
Acorn Cap Jewels

We’ve had lots of fun playing with them since they were made. They’ve become jewels for indoor and outdoor treasure hunts, pretend “money” in store-related play, and tokens used in our own game of memory (flip them upside down and try to match the colors and remember where they were–if you want to play this, be sure to make two of each color.) The uses are as endless as your child’s imagination, and when you’re finished playing with these little gems, they bring such a autumnal decorative touch sitting out in a bowl in your home.

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