My nephew Colton turned three today! Although this kid loves monster trucks and hot wheels, he has enough toys to last a lifetime! The one thing that I really did want to get him (and something his mom mentioned she wanted for him) I actually found on the island when visiting my sister. In the picture below, you'll see the little monkey attachment for chopsticks - perfect for a youngster who loves sushi. Heck, I could use it for myself sometimes!
So we decided that we would put an investment into his piggy bank for his birthday instead, however we didn't want to just give the kid some money (that's too boring) so on my way home I decided to stick with the sushi theme and make a game out of it! I thought it would be fun to make a fake roll of sushi and hide some money in it that Colton would have to find.
I stopped at the Dollar Store on the way home and picked up some supplies - all of the above only cost me $5.00! I needed white for rice so I thought streamers would be perfect because they are already the right height so I would only need to make one cut, some green tissue paper, pipe cleaners (the brighter, the better) and that little basket to hold it all and make a little tray!
I trimmed the pipe cleaners so that they would fit nicely into the rolls, I also fold the ends over so there were no sharp edges! I decided to use orange (carrots), red (pepper) and green (cucumber) to make it look as much like sushi as possible.
I took the white streamers and rolled it on itself to make the roll bigger and bigger, about halfway, I tucked the pipecleaners in and kept rolling it until I got to the thickness that Then I put a bit of glue to hold it all together.
I then took the green tissue paper and trimmed it to long thin stripes and wrapped it around the outside of the roll until it was all covered.
Here is what the rolls look like when they are complete! Super cute and a quick DIY. Because I live in Canada I used loonie's and toonie's (1 & 2 dollar coins) and tucked them into the rolls and then for a special one, I rolled a 5 dollar bill for Colton to find as well.
Here's what the completed gift looked like! How cute are those chop stick? He will be handling sushi like a pro in no time! I made 10 pieces in order to fill the tray I got however, this would look cute with as little as 2 or 3 pieces.
See the coins? I didn't want to make it too hard for him and what kid doesn't like putting more into their piggy bank!
I am so happy how this turned out and it was fun to see him interact with it rather than just handing him a bill or two. I am definitely going to find more ways to wrap money or gift\cards for future presents!