Mason Jar Crafts for Kids will keep the kids busy this summer and beyond

| April 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

Mason Jar CraftsWhen we were kids, my aunt canned vegetables she grew in her garden. She always said her vegetables tasted better than anything you could buy at the grocery store. We’d go to her farm every summer and it always seemed to be canning season when we were there. She’d line up dozens of Mason jars with the lids and sealing rings close by. We’d form an assembly line to prep the contents, often sampling the produce along the way.

The Mason jars she used are now having a new moment in the spotlight. No longer just utilitarian and re-useable food storage tools, Mason jars are now trendy ways to serve food and beverages. The Mason jar trend extends to craft items, which is how the book “Mason Jar Crafts for Kids” ended up on our front porch. When the publisher asked if I’d like to review it, I immediately said yes. I’m a Girl Scout troop leader and we’re always looking for new things to do with our multi-level troop, which has girls from second to fifth grades.

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids, written by Linda Z. Baden, starts with a brief history of the glass workhorse. While you wouldn’t think something like a Mason jar would have an interesting history, it actually does. The introduction answered my primary questions about why all my aunt’s Mason jars all had the word “Ball” on them.

The crafts themselves are easy and fun. The book is sorted into different categories from summer camp activities to holiday themes to storage ideas. The last section on science experiments you can do in Mason jars was a huge hit with our girls. From creating their own colored carnations to making ooey, gooey slime, each of the crafts was challenging enough to keep our girls engaged yet easy enough that they could do it themselves. The adults provided supervision to make sure things didn’t get out of control, but the girls were able to follow the directions and complete the experiment themselves.

The quick tips and safety first reminders were helpful ways to initiate conversations with the girls about things they had to keep in mind while completing their project.

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids is a fun book for anyone looking for new ways to keep the kids busy. The projects are easy enough for even young children to complete, so it’s worth keeping the book around for whenever you need to plan something that will keep kids busy. Who knows? You might even end up with a new holiday decoration or vacation memory box worth putting on display.

For more information about Mason Jar Crafts for Kids, visit Sky Pony Press.

Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Sky Pony Press.

Disclosure:  I did receive a review copy. My words and opinions are my own.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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