Saturday, October 26, 2013

Autumn Jars

A few weeks ago one of my families came in and told me about sensory jars that they had made at home.  They sound just like ones I had seen on Pinterest and found at Blog Me Mom
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So I started asking families to save small jars for us to create our own jars. 
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We already had nature materials like, mini cones, maple seeds, sticks, hazelnut
pods on our art shelves.
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The children picked the items they wanted in their jar then added a squirt of oil.
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Filled up their jars with water then added one drop of red colouring and three
                          drops of yellow food colouring.
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The grown ups encouraged the children to watch how the food dye moved
                                   through the water.
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After putting the lid on tight the children shook the jar and discovered a
                                       new colour.
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Each time they shook their jar it changed the insides.  The nature items would
                           shift and the oil would make little bubbles.

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They held it up to the window and noticed that how the light filtered through.


  1. I work in a pre school setting and done something similar with leaves and cones and sticks and berrys the children loved it we put them in plastic bottles as we think it much safer , but great ideas on your site love it and use a lot of your ideas so thank you

    1. At StrongStart each child has a parent or grand parent or a significant adult attend with them making the use of glass jars safer. We did have one break on the way out the door. I appreciated the parent giving her young child an opportunity to be independent.

  2. How much is a squirt of oil ? I'm sure it's different for the size of jar.........How much for a spaghetti sauce size jar?

    1. You could add as much or as little oil as you like. I had a large syringe for basting turkey and drew a line on it about 1/2 inch from tip. The oil doesn't mix with water and sometimes the food dye sticks to the oil causing us to react to it. We could either leave it or shake the jar either way it is fun and pretty.