And I'm glad to report that we had no smashed thumbs during this entire project, even though there were four kids, ages 3 through 7.
It's a simple project with a lot of bang (yep, pun intended) for your buck (or lack of bucks since all the supplies were basically free). Here's what you'll need:
Hammer | Metal juice lids |long nail or screw | scrap wood | paper | pencil | scissors | clear tape | ribbon or string for hangingSTEP ONE
Trace the lid on a piece of paper and cut it out. Draw your design on this circle template, then tape it to the metal juice lid. Your image should be big, basic and not too detailed. When finished, put your lid onto a piece of scrap wood as not to damage your table.
Now you will punch holes along the lines, spacing the dots pretty close together (imagine you're creating a dot-to-dot image). You'll just need to tap the nail 3-4 times lightly; you don't need to puncture the metal. Easier said than done when it comes to a preschooler.
When the design is finished, remove the tape and paper and punch a larger hole at the top for hanging. Adults are better at this step, as it requires tapping the nail all the way in and wiggling it around to make a larger hole. Thread a ribbon or string through the hole, tie and hang.