The I SPY beebeebox theme couldn’t really happen without including some fingerprint exploration. We got inspired after Miika commented that our glass pebbles were like magnifying glasses, as they had just explored making fires with them at school. Miika was indeed right, moving the pebbles further away from the objects made them bigger…
Inspired by ink
If you’ve been following beebeebox for a while now, you might have noticed that our favourite crafts are the crafts that have an end goal/purpose.
Firstly our beebeebox subscribers received some magic ink this month, what says mystery more than that?! Honestly, I was a bit concerned, even though the bottle made me feel quite nostalgic. I (an adult) couldn’t really see the point/purpose. Ryan, my husband (giant kid) flipped out, him and Miiks had so much fun squirting it onto any possible surface, experimenting and timing how fast it disappeared. Ryan even got some death stares out of me a couple of times when he pretended that he thought the real ink was the magic ink and was just about to splash some on the couch or something!!!!
Miika ended up taking it to school, where the teacher had similar feelings towards it than Ryan and all joined in for some pranking fun.
Here are 2 of our favourite prank videos:
The silliness of the product wasn’t my only concern. The bottle has no ingredients on it, and what if it does disappear and actually stain something of our beloved beebeeboxers?! Some research later I concluded that the “MAGIC INK” wasn’t INK at all, but only an indicator. I’m gonna mess this up if I try and explain anymore by myself:
I had also initially hoped that we’d be able to use the magic ink as part of our craft, but as it was never really ink, my attempts to make it reappear in the oven was quite obviously unsuccessful. Nevertheless, Miika found comparing the the magic ink and the real ink to each other really interesting.
I’m sure that after all my ramblings about pebble magnifying effects and fingerprints, you could probably guess the craft….
We used quite big glass pebbles (we got them at the glass factory) but any size, clear glass pebble would work. We also used two little cheats to make this craft super easy and quick for our beebeebox subscribers, namely double sided tape and self-adhesive magnetic dots. And then lastly, we used some sponge so our beebeeboxers could directly compare our magic ink and normal ink bottles. The sponge also solved the mystery of how ink-pads work as we constructed our own. We placed our sponge in a disposable container (you can also use a glass one) and then squeezed some ink drops onto the sponge.
Explore / Experiment / Have Fun
The goal of this step is to create prints / images that you want to make into magnets, so however you get to this goal is up to you. Keep in mind though that ink does stain, so full handprints might not be the best idea, maybe choose one or two fingers. We used 160gsm white project board.
Our KIDDIE subscribers can pause here for a bit, and use their new magnifying glasses to really inspect those prints.
Our beebeeboxers received their pebbles with double sided tape already on them, so that would be the next step if you are doing it yourself. We recreated this craft for Christmas using a different gluing technique.
Choose what sections you want to use for your magnets and peel your double sided tape backings off. Miika was so excited that he stuck most of the pebbles straight down onto the A4 sheet. This made it a bit hard to cut out as I was constantly worried that a pebble might fall off and tear some paper with it. We managed, but cutting squares around the sections we wanted to use and then sticking them down was significantly easier.
Cut around your pebble so that all uncover paper is now off and pebble edges are smooth.
Attach magnets to the back! Of course you could glue some normal magnets to the back instead of using self-adhesive ones. Our kids really enjoyed how fast and rewarding this craft turned out to be.
There are tons of other fingerprint activities you could try with your child, see our Pinterest Board for more: