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DIY Look and Find Tube

Look and Find Tube

I keep a supply of nuts and a container of Sunsweet Ones (individually wrapped prunes) on my desk for grazing throughout the day. I know how this sounds, and to give you a balanced picture, let it also be known that I have been on a quest for the perfect hot dog and hamburger for quite a few years now. I like to balance working out with pigging out.

Anyway, I recently finished off the last prune and found myself staring at the empty canister, wondering what I could use it for. It had definite potential to be repurposed for something else… Robot part? Shaker? Drumstick holder? All viable uses. What about a look and find tube? Bingo! It would make a perfect look and find tube! Really, you can use any plastic container that you wish, such  as a soda bottle.

I consulted with my wife about dying rice for the filler, sine she had recently died pasta for another project. I used her technique and it worked out great.

The tube held two cups of rice with a little room to spare, so I divided that into five ziploc bags, adding about a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and about four drops of food coloring to each bag. Then I let my daughter shake them to her heart’s content. We spread out the rice on a foil lined pan and  left it out to dry while we played outside in the snow.

Died Rice

Later that day, I looked around for tiny items to hide in te tube. I thought about putting little miniature people and animals in it, but I didn’t want to have run out and purchase anything since I had already made everything else from what was readily available. My list of found treasures is below. I mixed them with the rice and dumped it all into the tube, using super-glued to seal it. I’d also recommend some packing tape on the lid. This is one toy we do not want to break in the car!

  • Saxophone lapel pin
  • Pink Pez
  • Blue M&M
  • Brown M&M
  • Mini green M&M
  • Flintstone vitamin
  • Chalk
  • Pistachio
  • Cocoa dusted almond
  • Broken red crayon
  • Goldfish cracker
  • Red bead
  • Pair of googly eyes
  • Pencil eraser
  • Black pen cap
  • Red paperclip
  • Washer
  • Drywall screw
  • Penny
  • Nickel
  • Dime
  • Match stick
  • Yellow paperclip
  • Hair clip
  • Large nut
  • Small nut
  • Dog treat
  • Pushpin
  • Pen spring
  • Tiny yellow hair band
  • Blue gem
  • Toothpick

When my kids get board of finding item from this lists I’ll cut open the container, throw in some different tiny treasures, and seal it back up in a new container. You can also take a picture of all the items so your  kids can know exactly what they are searching for (I wish I would have thought of the BEFORE I sealed the lid).

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