An Eye-Spy Jar. - The Magic Onions

An Eye-Spy Jar.

Have you ever made an Eye-spy Jar? 

It’s great fun and a fabulous thing for your little ones to take with them in the car. It’ll keep them occupied for ages!

You need a glass or clear plastic jar, rice and various TINY treasures.

These are what we found at first… we have been adding to our Eye-spy Jar all day… the more little items you have, the merrier.
Put the rice and treasures in the jar, making sure to leave an inch or so of space between the top of the rice and the lid as you want the rice to be able to move freely inside the jar.
As your little one (to be honest, I hogged it for quite some time today too… it’s rather addictive!) turns the jar, the rice falls over itself in the jar, revealing and then covering your treasures. 
I play Eye-spy Jar with K in the car. As I know what’s inside the jar, I say… ‘Find me an acorn hat.’ She LOVES it!
The coins are the hardest to find, so be sure to add a couple. They hide out in the middle of the rice and it is a Great Achievement to spot one!
Blessings and Magic!
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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. What a darling idea!
    Maddie would love this, I think.

  2. Wonderful! I’ll have to pass this on to my daughters. I think it would make a great addition to the babysitting bag. :)

  3. What a fun idea. You are a treasure trove!!

  4. Perfect timing! We head out on a 2 week road trip soon. We also have loads of little bits and bobs that I don’t know what to do with (we’re also moving), so this is the perfect way to preserve them. Thanks!

  5. I have a jar put aside for just this purpose and you’ve inspired me to get on and make it! Interesting about the coins. Definitely a good idea for a long car journey :)

  6. Love this idea!

  7. Poor children strapped into car seats these days. They definitely need things to occupy them and your I-Spy Jar is a great idea. I used to make my grandchild take off her shoes and walk in sand before a car trip. She spent the whole journey home removing the sand from between her toes. Peace!

  8. Great idea! I just saw these at a shop the other day, but your hand made ones are much better.

  9. This is such a great idea! We did it with very dry sea sand (the theme was pirates!) … and the cub scouts loved it. You have a wonderful blog.
    Akela Joy

  10. Just ran into your blog. Love this idea. It is brilliant!

  11. That is so fun.

    Thanks for sharing with Friday Showcase!!!

  12. Too ironic! We just made one this week too, except we used an peanut butter jar (so it’s not breakable).

  13. Just made this for my littlest one, though she is getting a run for her money from the bigger kids as well! What fun to collect all the treasures, and even more to try to find them again in the rice. Great idea!

  14. I have been wanting to give these a try! Super cute! I’m glad I ran across your blog.

  15. This is a genius idea – I will definitely be trying it! Many thanks!

  16. I just jumped out of my seat & made one! I’m sure my boys will be thanking you this afternoon :)

  17. What a great idea, my son love ispy and I know he will love this. I have a few jars available and was needing something to do with them. :-)

  18. That is so cool and so simple! I just made 3 for my little ones for Christmas. :)

  19. Just made one! Thanks for the inspiration. Hubby is having a go and I’ve told him there are still 3 things he hasn’t mentioned….driving him nuts (it’s the coins)

  20. We made these last summer at the library (I’m a children’s librarian) and used plastic peanut butter/sun butter jars so they wouldn’t accidentally break. Also, all the kids got to put in letter beads to spell their first name – they love hunting for the letters in order!
    Instead of throwing all the little plastic trinkets we get for various holidays, I’m thinking of making themed ones as well – one for Halloween, one for Christmas/Winter, etc.

  21. I love this idea and made one but all my treasures are ending u at the top of my jar despite spreading them throughout. They won’t sink back down either. Do certain types or weights of treasures do this? Should I be looking for certain types of things?

  22. ah I need some good shaking. I think this will be a hit with the kids. Thanks. I really enjoyed seeing all your many tutorials.

  23. great idea. we have a car ride in a few weeks and I think I’ll make each of my sons one of these for the trip!

  24. What a fab idea, I just had to share it on my blog!
    I will be trying this out at work, love it. :0)


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