Treasures can be “objects found.”
Make a string of Summer memories with objects found throughout your vacation. Sone call this junk, some call these small keepsakes, treasures and I think it’s often the matter of perspective. I do think small stones, sea shells, sea glass hold memories. I have a collection of these treasures kept in small glass bottles but, I also wanted to come up with an activity for us to do with those summer memories.
We taped our pennies to the track* and returned the next day to see the results.
This project started as a part of a daily ritual. Most days, this past summer, we headed to the community library | here | and then, placed pennies on a train track.* Even though we visited some spectacular destinations, this, every day destination was the heart of so many special moments. I loved our bike rides, bike races, the walks, the talks and the quiet ritual — days with enough time for experimentation. The following day, we would return to see our finds. The results were much more varied than we expected.
– Can you see the indentation on the kronor below? This happened when we stacked a penny on top of a kronor.
Charm Bracelet with personalised charms
How to make a flattened penny charm *
– With jewellery awl, punch hole in top of coin with metal hole punch tool.
– Add jewellery clasp and it’s ready to attach to whatever you wish!
Charming memories that can now be charms!
As always, I’d love to see what you do! Willowday Wishes.
(* Note: Never, ever, ever, do this with out a parent and please note that we did this is a very rural area without high traffic! We knew the train schedule and worked around this with caution. Flattening pennies just might not work for everyone. We don’t do this in Stockholm. However, we had a small town, with a regular schedule and a large open bed with high visibility!! We looked, double looked and looked again before setting our pennies on the trails and never, ever did this at a time that trains were schedules — however, we ALWAYS checked and listened. I do not recumbent doing this unless you have a track that’s safe and your children can be assisted by an adult. Don’t go near the track when trains are visible. A PERFCT alternative are the souvenir coins that one can get at almost all amusement parks. Do you know these machines that flatten pennies? These can be used exactly the same! We are sharing our very personal experience here, making pennies ourselves, in a safe environment but you don’t have to — use these machine made pennies! It’s a perfect way to extend the fun.)