Homemade Treasure Chest
Bedazzle a takeout container to store all your kid's "riches".
- Container:We recommend recycling the clamshell-style container that Big Macs come in. You can also nab a plastic one from a deli salad bar or pick up a paper one from a craft store. Don't eat out much? Buy your supplies online. You'll find more treasure chests than you ever imagined at Oriental Trading.
- Rhinestones, "gems" and "jewels"
- Small paper or plastic bowls
- Glitter glue
- Embellishments:Pom-poms, ribbons, sequin trim, stickers, etc.
- Regular old glue
- Plastic tablecloth or newspaper
- Chocolate coins
- Prepare your work space: Spread out some newspaper or a plastic tablecloth to protect your table. Put the embellishments into the small plastic bowls to prevent them from rolling all over the place and place the rest of your materials on the table.
- Have your child decorate his container like a real treasure chest by gluing on "jewels," pom-poms and sequin trim and decorating it with glitter glue.
- Let the glue dry so the jewels set.
- Have him fill the finished chest with his "treasures": chocolate coins, yo-yos, super balls, anything he holds dear ... as long as it's not alive!
- Need more valuables? Send your child on a treasure hunt around the house or the yard to find more items for his chest. You can either hide something special for him to search for, such as stickers or chocolate coins, or pick something you already have around the house. For example, ask him to fill his chest with rocks from the yard. Not only will digging up the stones entertain him, he'll be cleaning up your flower beds, too!
- Send the kids on a scavenger hunt for treasure to fill up their chests. Check out our Treasure Trove Do!
- This is a great activity for a kid's birthday party. Fill the treasure chests with personalized chocolate coins with your child's name and birth date on them. Check out Chocolate Favors for personalized coins in your kid's favorite color. Yes, they even have pink!