Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets

Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets

Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets We have a set of the plastic letter magnets on our fridge and Sammie really likes making words out of the letters. I really like seeing her playing with them, but wanted to find a prettier version. I remembered seeing a pin on pinterest for making your own marble letter magnets. I thought these would look a lot nicer on the fridge than the plastic letter ones.

Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets I have lots and lots of clear glass gems that I bought at the dollar store. I found a set of letters, numbers and punctuations printed on little cardboard circles at a scrapbooking store. They are the perfect size to fit on the glass gems. I used E-6000 glue and a hot glue gun to attach the cardboard circles and magnets to the glass gems.

Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets I put a bit of glue onto the cardboard piece, on the letter side of the piece, then glued it to the flat side of the glass gem. I let them dry for at 24 hours. After that glue was dry, I used a glue gun to glue the magnets to the back of the cardboard piece.

Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets I made two of each of the punctuation marks, two of each number 1 – 0, except for 3 as there was only one in the package. For the letters, I made four of each vowel, three of the most used letter and two of the lesser used letters. After playing around and spelling with them, I made a couple more of each of the vowels.

Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets I had lots of fun playing with the marble letter magnets before the kids saw them. I had to make sure that we had enough of each letter to make lots of words and sentences. lol

Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets When Austin got up from his nap, he quickly started exploring the marble letter magnets. He really liked taking them off the fridge and sticking them back on again. I had to watch him very closely while he was playing with them, as he kept wanting to stick them in his mouth.

Glass Gem Marble Letter Magnets Sammie was very excited to see the marble letter magnets when she got home from school and spent some time spelling words and reading words that I had made. She realized though that they were a lot more fun to make pictures with. She spends a lot more time making pictures and shapes with the marble letter magnets, than she does making words with them. lol I think the font that is used for the letters is a bit tricky for her to read.

I’m thinking of making some more of these marble letter magnets, only without the letters. Maybe just some pretty little pictures, or colours or just pretty paper.

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Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012

I can’t believe that today is the last day of 2012. What a great year this has been. We have done so many fun things and started this blog to be able to share them with everyone. I thought I would share our top 10 popular posts of 2012. These are the most popular, non-seasonal posts according to our stats.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012

Our first most popular post of 2012 is our DIY light table. This light table is made with a plastic storage tote, some rope lights and piece of acrylic plastic. The kids have had a lot of fun with this light table.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 Our second popular post of 2012 was our post on The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola. For our activity as part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids in November, we read The Popcorn Book, then coloured some popcorn kernels and then Sammie played and made a  picture with these coloured popcorn kernels.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 Our third most popular post of 2012 was our Glass and Glue Suncatchers. These suncatchers were fun to make and look so pretty hanging up in the window.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 The next most popular post of 2012 was our post on helping Sammie learn her name. Sammie had fun doing some activities to help her learn to recognize and spell her name as she got ready to start school.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 The next popular post of 2012 was our activity for July’s Virtual Book Club for Kids. We read the Napping House and did some fun activities to go along with the book. The girls did some colour by number sheets and a sequencing activity based on the book as well.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 This popular post of 2012, glowing vinegar ice cubes and baking soda, was one of our favourite activities of the year. I froze some vinegar mixed with tonic water and glow water. Then the girls played with these ice cubes and some baking soda under the black light.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 This popular post of 2012 was so much fun to make and play with. Our sandy playdough was such a different kind of play dough than anything we’ve ever made or played with before. The girls loved the idea of having sand in their play dough and the texture was so cool to touch.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 The funnels, tubes and water was one of our most popular posts of 2012. I made this water toy by myself and am so proud of being able to do it without help. The girls love playing with it in their water table. Coloured water looks so neat running down through the tubes.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 Our beaded wind chimes is one of our most popular posts of 2012. Sammie had so much fun making these wind chimes. They are very easy to make and a great way for a child to work on their fine motor skillls. They also look and sound so pretty.

Top 10 Popular Posts of 2012 This painted fingernail counting game is another of our popular posts of 2012. I made up this fun game to help Sammie with her counting as another way to get her ready for school. Included in the post is a link to a 10 sided die to use with the game.

We had so much fun this year. The girls made so many great crafts and did so many great activities. I can’t wait to see what we do in 2013.

I would like to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy New Year and I look forward to sharing many new posts with you in the new year.

 

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Glass Gem Christmas Ornaments

Glass Gem Christmas Ornaments

Glass Gem Christmas Ornaments

For this week’s big kid/mommy craft, I made some easy glass gem Christmas ornaments. They are so pretty and almost look like an expensive Christmas ornament.

To make these ornaments, I used some glass gems in green and clear, some clear plastic ornaments and a hot glue gun. The plastic ornaments that I used were 83 mm and 67 mm. You could use glass ornaments, but I was worried about them getting broken.

Glass Gem Christmas Ornaments - supplies

I started glueing the glass gems onto the ornament, trying to cover as much of the ornament as I could. I tried to keep a green, clear pattern to the glass gems, but that didn’t work out once I got further down the ornament.

Glass Gem Christmas Ornaments - some gems

The glass gems didn’t really fit very well together once I got to the bottom of the ornament. I have bigger gaps down there and I had to overlap a couple of the gems to get them to fit onto the ornament.

Glass Gem Christmas Ornaments - finished ornament

Once I had covered the ornament as much as I could, I hot glued the cap onto the ornament. I also glued the wire from the cap onto the cap to keep it from pulling out.

These ornaments are very heavy and I’ll need to find my wire ornament hangers, as the plastic ones just pull apart from the weight of the ornament.

Glass Gem Christmas Ornaments - hanging in tree

 

I’m not sure if I will be putting these ornaments on our Christmas tree or not, I think they might be too heavy and pull the branches down too much. I will definitely be hanging and displaying them somewhere in the house though, I’m just not sure where yet :) They are just way too pretty not to display :)

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Glue and Glass Gem Suncatchers

Glue & Glass Gem Suncatchers

Maddie saw a pin on Pinterest from Kids Acitivites Blog for these  Glass Gem Suncatchers and wanted to make some.

We got out our big bottle of glue, glass gems and some glow in the dark stones. The girls went through the things we’ve kept from the recyling bin and found some lids from various plastic containers.

Glue & Glass Gem Suncatchers

The girls filled their lids with glue and starting sticking in their stones. Be sure to completely fill the lids with glue, as the stones will need lots of glue to stay together.

Glue & Glass Gem Suncatchers

Sammie put her stones in randomly, Maddie made a pattern with hers. Both girls really liked using the glow in the dark stones.

Glue & Glass Gem Suncatchers

They each made two suncatchers. After the girls were done adding stones, I added a pony bead to each one, thinking it might leave a hole to hang it up.

Then we left them to dry. I think we left them at least a day and then I took them out of the lids and flipped them over. After flipping them over, I noticed that there were a lot of holes in the glue, where it had separated from the stones and some of the stones were barely stuck in at all. So I added some more glue to each sun catcher. We left them to dry a couple more days, to make sure they were completely dry.

Glue & Glass Gem Suncatchers

Once they were completely dry (at least 3-4 days), I poked holes in them to string them together and hung them up in the sun room window. I used yarn to attach them together.

I was very surprised to find that the glue dried still rubbery. I thought it would dry hard and brittle. We have tried making ornaments with glue before and they always ended up breaking as the glue dried too brittle, so I was sort of expecting them same from these. We were very happy to see that these hopefully won’t break as easy.

My plan with the pony beads didn’t really work, as the hole in them filled with glue. When I tried to poke the hold through them, they usually popped out of the glue. I think only one stayed in and worked as I had planned.

They look so pretty there when the sun shines through.

Glue & Glass Gem Suncatchers

Maddie enjoyed making these suncatchers more than Sammie. Sammie didn’t like getting the glue on her fingers and didn’t want the stones to stay in the glue. She wanted to keep them all to play with :)

I wonder how the sun catchers would look if we had used clear glue instead of white glue? Or maybe coloured glue? Hmm, I think we may have to try it and see :)

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