Sensory Saturday: Magic Wands
We had the pleasure of hosting one of Maddy’s cousins at our home yesterday morning. We love getting other people involved in our Sensory Saturday activities so I knew I had to step it up a notch to make her short visit full of fun memories.
I saw a blog post on making fairy wands and thought it was brilliant and decided we would give it a try.
Start with any medium-large sized cookie cutters (we had dinosaur-shaped ones from Maddy’s dinosaur birthday party) and place them on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil.
Be sure to use clear beads if you want to be able to see through the shapes. Also gather wooden dowels, glue (I ended up using duck tape for some of it), gems and ribbon for extra pizzazz.
Then it’s time to fill the shapes! The girls loved digging into the beads and perfectly placing handfuls of them into their shapes. I was worried about how thick they would be but it ended up working well with the thicker ones. While they were working on the beads, I turned the grill on on the highest setting.
Then on to the grill they went! The temperature flucuated between 400 and 500 degrees at the highest setting. **As the original poster mentioned, it is good to doing melting of plastic outdoors where the fumes aren’t directly inhaled.
After about 10 minutes, I pulled them off the grill and had them cool outside. The girls were super impressed when they I brought them back in to pop out of the cookie cutters.
Popping the shapes out of the heart and circle was pretty easy but the dinosaurs were more difficult. Keep in mind that the more “turns”, the more difficult it will be to get out of the cookie cutters. The t-rex lost his head.
The girls then decorated their shapes with gems that I glued on for them. I also tried to glue the dowels on the backs but it was taking too long for them so I duct taped the back to hold the sticks.
They told me how they wanted their ribbons tied and then we had a finished product!
They had so much fun creating these wands and even more fun playing with them!
Have you done any melted beads activities? We would love to hear your ideas!