Finding gifts for 7 nieces and nephews, all ranging in ages from 1-10, can be a bit of a challenge. I ideally look for something that is unique to their individual interests, but I also want it to be special, educational (if possible), and cost-effective. Now I don’t know if you remember those Find It type games that were sort of popular a few years back, but they gave me the inspiration for a pretty, confetti-fied version!
The point is to find all of the confetti shapes hidden within the magical mix by turning, twisting, and shaking the tube around. Hours of endless fun staring at all the colorful and shiny bits, plus it’s actually semi-educational.
It’s great for a sensory/visual activity, and can even be used as a meditative (or time-out) tool. Both kids and adults alike can have fun depending on the colors and shapes you decide to use.
To make your own you will need:
- Confetti! You’re going to want a colorful mix, plus some fun shapes to add in! Browse our shop for a color mix that strikes your fancy (some fun ones with shapes are our Unicorn Dandruff, Fairy Tale, Life’s A Beach, and Frosted Animal Cookies). You can also choose to grab some licensed confetti characters at your local party store to add to a mix, and even order something custom. (Um, how fun would a gift be with custom words/pieces that pertain especially to the giftee?)
- A 3″x12″ clear tube. (I got ones from Papermart!)
- Glue (Optional — only needed if you want to seal your tube so there is no chance of it popping open. If you choose to do this, just add a small strip of glue to the edge of each of the caps once your tube is filled.)
Fill up the tube about half to three-quarters of the way up. The trick is you want to leave enough room so that you can still shake/mix the confetti inside. If it is too full, you won’t be able to shake it around. For this size tube I found about 3 cups to be perfect.
BONUS: For the ones I made for my nieces and nephews, I also wanted a visual cue of what they should be looking for. I cut a strip of coordinating paper (11″x1″), taped a single piece of each of the shapes included in the mix to it, and secured it around one end of the tube.
The great thing about this project is it is really easy to change up the content to appeal to various age groups. For younger kiddos you can choose to use a higher contrast of confetti colors and/or more of the shapes so they are easier to spot, and for older peeps you can choose to have a lot more detail in the mix with many more intricate shapes, only a few of each piece, and less contrast in colors.
I have no shame in admitting I kept getting sucked into playing with these when I was making them! Just like the adult coloring craze, these are mesmerizing and addicting!