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Things to Make with the ‘Treasure’ Your Kids Collect

I don't know about you but whenever I do the laundry I find all sorts of 'treasure' in my children's pockets - everything from twigs to stones, shells, conkers, pine cones....you name it and I've found it. It's almost a blueprint for where we've been - the beach, park, bush.

One day when adding all the recent 'treasure' to the bin, I thought that it was a bit of a waste and that if my children had gone to all the trouble of choosing the piece of whatever it is and carrying it home in their pocket, then maybe it should end its life somewhere other than the bin. With this in mind, I started looking for innovative yet easy crafts I could make with my children utilising their little collections of 'treasure' - here are some of my favourites...

One day when adding all the recent 'treasure' to the bin, I thought that it was a bit of a waste and that if my children had gone to all the trouble of choosing the piece of whatever it is and carrying it home in their pocket, then maybe it should end its life somewhere other than the bin. With this in mind, I started looking for innovative yet easy crafts I could make with my children utilising their little collections of 'treasure' - here are some of my favourites:

Seaglass Mosaics

When strolling along the local beach, there are often small pieces of seaglass lying on the shore - glass that has beautifully frosted and shaped by years in the sea. My son refers to it as 'sea gems' so it's certainly a form of treasure to him and worthy of a craft project. I started collecting the seaglass in a pot and when we had a decent amount, I cut out a bottle shape from a piece of cardboard (although any shape will do) and got my kids to use PVA glue and stick the glass to the bottle. They had a fab time and the result was a delightful mosaic wine bottle design - which was given to Nanny as a birthday gift and is now being lovingly used as a heat mat in her kitchen.

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Pine Cone Decorations

My kids love picking up pine cones, especially the very large ones which they stash in the shopping basket of the buggy. These are usually relegated to the compost bin but I found a great idea for the nice looking ones. I got my kids to dab a little glue on the edges of each opened segment and then douse with glitter. I then tied a string around the pine cone to create a hanging decoration - ideal for hanging on the Christmas tree. I do believe that Nanny has some of these on her tree too!

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Pumice Mobiles

At certain times of year, our local beach is littered with pumice - both large and small. There's only so much you can get through in the bathroom so these became useful resources in our craft projects too. Get a large needle (ideally quite blunt so the kids don't get hurt) and some coloured wool or string. Then thread the pieces of pumice together in a line. Once finished, tie a knot at the top and hang from a tree branch in the garden as an outdoor mobile. Guess what? Nanny has some of these in her garden too!

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If you collect the 'treasure' on sunny days, you can use them in craft projects on rainy days - a great way to keep them entertained, whatever the weather.

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