Is dinner clean up one of the more stressful times for those of you who
kitchen. This includes climbing inside of the dishwasher while I’m
trying to load it, getting all of the tupperware out of the cabinet, and
demanding that I hold her while attempting to clean up. So, I wanted
to come up with something in the kitchen that would keep her occupied
for even 2 minutes. I’ve seen sensory jars around on Pinterest and
decided to come up with a way to make some magnetic sensory jars to stick on the
fridge or dishwasher for her to play with. The verdict: she LOVES them!
I had the opportunity to try out some new Finish dishwasher detergent.
I was excited to try it because the particular one I chose is called
Quantum™ Power & Free™ and it uses less harsh chemicals than typical
detergents that are safer for kids, and you don’t have to pre-rinse. (If you stay tuned to the end of
the post, there is a coupon for you to grab so that you can try it for
yourself!) So while I was trying out the new detergent and cleaning up, I
put my new magnets out and decided to see if they would help distract
Pearl for a few minutes. It worked! My 6 and 4 year old love the sensory
jar magnets as well.
I found some magnetic spice tins at Michaels for $1.50 each! For the first magnet, you just need corn syrup and beads or marbles.
The beads stay on top, so you’ve gotta push them down.
They will be suspended in the liquid after you push them down.
Then, I just used some gorilla glue to attach the top lid. The end result is so cool because there will be a bubble in the liquid which slowly moves the beads around as the kids turn it. It’s almost like a lava lamp!
The other jar I made is an “I Spy” jar. I used sprinkles, but you could also use rice. You will also need to collect a few random small items. I used some buttons, a penny, a random earring, a charm and I tiny clothespin.
Just pour everything in and attach the lid using gorilla glue like the other one. As the kids turn the jar, they can try to search for all of the tiny things hidden inside. Pearl (my 18 month old) also loves to shake it and listen to the sound it makes.
These are so fun and I have 2 more empty spice tins waiting to make more!
And if you are wondering, I haven’t had any issues with the corn syrup leaking out yet.
I did try to make a third jar with water, but the water did leak out…but no issues with the syrup!