Acorn gems are my version of the popular Acorn Cap Jewels as seen on Kiwi Crate. I fell in love with this idea when I first came across it. My mom, boys and I tried making them at the cabin this summer but ours did not impress me nearly as much as those I saw at Kiwi Crate. I think for us, while it was so fascinating to watch the color seep into the glue as it dried, in the end when the caps we ready to touch, they had lost some of the magic.
So...I tried making them with glitter glue and immediately knew that is what I would introduce to the kids at the preschool. They were great fun to make (I followed the basic instructions found at the link above). I had plenty of my favorite trays to use, setting the caps in rice so the glue would dry without dripping out. The children used their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to carefully fill the acorn caps. They did require a full 48 hours to dry completely. The kids then hand stamped a pouch with an acorn image to carry their new treasures in. They were delighted to play with them and what fun these little "gems" add to the nature table at the preschool.