Little children love collecting small things and sometimes it helps to have a "special" place to keep those treasures safe. Next time you've used up all the matches, why not save the box and turn it into a unique treasure box? For this activity, we used a larger matchbox (extra long matches) and it became the perfect place to store a butterfly treasure my daughter found on the footpath recently.
Finished treasure box
Time: 20 minutes
Age: Any Age
One rectangle of plain colored felt material
Several smaller colored pieces of felt material
Needle and thread
Collect a match box and some felt
Next time your matches are used up, save the match box and measure a piece of felt material to fit around the outside.
Cut the felt to fit the match box
Using the smaller colored pieces of felt material, trace a design to fit the size of your match box and cut out the pieces. We used a butterfly design, however you could also cut out a simple flower or train or star shape as well - just get creative.
Sew a design onto the felt
Pin the colored pieces onto the plain felt material, then sew each colored piece onto the main piece of felt material using a basic running stitch. You could also glue these pieces on, if sewing is not your thing.
When you are happy with the colored design, glue the whole piece of plain felt onto the outside of your match box.
The perfect place to store your treasures
Allow the glue to dry, then you are ready to fill the box with treasures (rocks, crystals, feathers etc) and you will always know where to find them. If you wish, you can line the inside of the box with some matching felt lining to keep those treasures nice and snug. Have fun.