Guest Author - Angelica Arroyo
We were blessed with a new addition to our family this year. In the house there is an abundance of hugs and kisses, laundry, cooing, diapers, crying, spit up, and empty formula containers! After attending church services this weekend, I learned what this week's craft would be. We had a guest speaker who brings food relief to the poorest villages in Central and South America. We were asked to contribute to their efforts by donating money and we learned how $.06 can give a child a meal. Empty formula containers are the perfect vessel for collecting change around the house and teaching our little ones the value of giving and helping others.
To make collection cans for a good cause you will need:
-One empty formula or coffee container with the pliable plastic lid
- Photos or images from a magazine describing your cause
-Glue/ sealant such as Modge Podge
Begin by discussing with your child the importance of giving and decide together what group or organization you will collect money for. When that decision has been made, begin searching for images that match the cause. These pictures will decorate the outside of your collection container. Look for the organization's brochure or visit the place and take photos of your own. Search in magazines and online as well. When you have gathered enough images to cover the entire outside of the formula/ coffee can then you are ready to move to the next step.
Use the glue/ sealant according to package directions. Place a protective layer on your workplace. Clean the surface of the container and apply the glue. Carefully place the images on the can by setting the center of the picture down first then working to the outer edges to avoid bubbles. Create a collage by slightly overlapping the edges of the pictures. Cover the surface of the container with pictures and allow to dry. Using the sealant according to package directions, apply a thin layer over the pictures. More than one protective layer may be needed. Allow to dry completely.
Prepare the lid for receiving change by cutting a narrow rectangle with scissors or a knife. This step should be safely performed by an adult. The cut should be made in the center area of the lid.
By far, the most important step in this project is first discussing where the need lies. There exists a multitude of worthy causes. Ask your child where he sees the greatest need. Visit the organization if you are able and have your child be a part of delivering the collected funds. Do you know any good causes you would like to share with others in the forum?