to make a fun toy for elementary school aged children...
Let me apologize in advance for the poor photo quality!
Start with a "View-tainer" - I bought mine at K-mart for less than $3
These containers are made to bounce when they fall, without
losing any of the items inside. However, I didn't want to
take the chance that a small piece would fall out of it.
Even if a child is older, there is always the chance
that a smaller child will pick up any pieces that
might fall out of it.
So I bought duct tape and this adhesive:
I don't know why I didn't take any pictures of this next part, but here is what I did...
I first took one end-cap off of the Viewtainer, and covered it with 2 crisscrossed pieces of duct tape. Then I spread the glue around the cylinder, and affixed the lid.
I then filled it with beads, and found objects that were small enough to mix in, but not too small. Most of the beads I used were similar in shape, but I made sure to throw in a heart and a star bead in, and some other shapes.