ROAR means "Hey you're awesome" in dinosaur!! I made these cute dinosaur jars as party favors for my son's birthday after reading about a Jewish birthday tradition. The Jewish faith believes on your birthday you must give back in order to receive the blessings of the day. It's important to note that you must give back from the heart and not simply because you feel obligated to.
March is a big birthday month in our family (Grampy, Myself, Andrew, & Alexander shortly after, April 11) and something that I look forward in doing is birthday party planning. So with the tradition still fresh in my mind I thought why not incorporate this belief into my party favors? After all, it is the last thing your guest will receive from you and sometimes the only tangible piece of memory. It is the little things that count. :)
I found these mason jars in the dollar section at Target. * My jar lids came in one piece, but if your lid contains two pieces then take a little super glue and glue the two pieces together. If you are using an old jam jar please make sure all the jars are clean and fresh.
My mother in law had the dinosaurs at her house and allowed me to use them, but I think this idea can be used in many creative ways (and not just for kids) i.e. mini pineapples or mini geometric shapes.
How to Make Dinosaur Jars:
1. Begin by super gluing the figurines to your jar lids. It is important to do this before you paint, so that the glue and paint may work together preventing the dinosaurs from falling off later on.
2. Once all the dinosaurs are dry and securely fastened to the lids, I began painting the Modge Podge onto the lids and dinosaurs. Make sure to apply evenly and under the animals bellies.
3. Next came our favorite part spray painting the lids and dinosaurs!! I found this great eco friendly spray paint, Plutonium, at our local paint store so I felt comfortable asking the kids to help me with the painting. Although the boys didn't really understand what gentle spraying meant, I made sure to spray lightly, allowing the lids plenty of drying time in between the painting.
Since my kids and I have a gluten, dairy, and egg allergies, I asks my friend Tom who owns Unreal Food to create a gluten free vegan dinosaur sugar cookies to fill the jars with, and to finish the look off I added a handwritten tag to each jar.
Over all I felt like we accomplished what we set out to do, that is giving a gift from the heart and we have received the blessings of having an incredible afternoon with friends and family.