Glittery Nuggets

Glittery Nuggets

A few people have asked me where I got the glass nuggets that I used in this pin…

Counting, sorting, patterning & fine-motor skills with beautiful stuff - from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

Well, we made them months ago. A few were made by myself & my Teaching Assistants in the classroom, & the rest were merrily created by me in my back garden.  I originally got the idea from a YouTube video from CraftKlatch. You can view the video here.

This is how they were made…

Glittery Nuggets from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)  Three sizes of glass nuggets.

Paint the back, flat side, with clear nail varnish to give it a smoother base. Then paint with nail varnish. 2 or 3 coats is best, just like when painting your nails. Top with topcoat to protect the surface a little.

Glittery Nuggets from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

In this pic, you can see how I used glittery polish. If you use this by itself, the sparkle is very subtle. However, if you then add a normal colour over the top, the glitter really stands out. You can see the difference below…

Glittery Nuggets from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

This method is really easy, however can be a bit expensive. Hunt out cheap varnishes!

I then tried a different method – glue & glitter!

Glittery Nuggets from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

Paint the back, flat surface with glue then either dip into a dish of glitter, or sprinkle the glitter over the top. I sealed it with a normal varnish. (I did try putting a layer of glue over the top, but it was quite tacky.)

Glittery Nuggets from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

This method is much cheaper & just as pretty, however the nail varnish version is smoother & looks a little more ‘professional’.

Glittery Nuggets from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

I also painted some with non-glittery varnish, just to have a variety of colours.

Glittery Nuggets from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

They look very inviting in the box – like treasure!

Glittery Nuggets from Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",)

I shall do a separate bog post on ways we have used them, but the possibilities are endless really – for counting & sorting, in the small world area, as loose parts… & the list goes on!

Thank you for reading!

Rachel (“,)

2 Comments

  1. Somehow I missed this post until now! We can get clear glass nuggets for a dollar for a good 2 cups or so. They come in other colors, too, but this gives me way more options! I know one thing I’m doing over this Christmas break! I think I’ll make sparkly blues and whites, and use for building snowflakes (and free play) on mirrors. Snowflake Bently might be a good book to set up alongside! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    • Ah, one of my first posts 😀
      Love my glittery nuggets; we use them for all sorts of things.
      Have fun making (& using) them! x

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