|OJ Lids can be used for a dump-and-fill game, |
as pretend cookies, for spinning, or a memory game.
I'm not that crafty, but I am cheap, and I've noticed that kids love to play with many things that are not toys. Some of my kids' favorite play items, in fact, have not been store-bought toys, but disposable items (often packaging) that was destined for the recycling bin or trash before discovered by the preschooler or toddler. In the next few weeks, I'll feature some of our favorite toys made from free stuff that would otherwise have been discarded. Stay tuned for more ideas!
First up, the classic dump-and-fill game: lid through the slot. A metal can is especially nice because it makes a nice clang when the OJ lid goes inside. I've also used yogurt tubs and shoe boxes.
Second, I recently discovered that 6 lids fit perfectly in this little wood tray left over from some Melissa & Doug toy, and the wood tray fits perfectly in the oven of our wooden play kitchen. So we use the lids as little cookies that we bake on our tray in the oven.
Third, spinning. My 4-year-old used to spend a considerable amount of time spinning things. He used to see how many lids he could get spinning at once. Of course, this really only works on a wood or tile floor. Now my 2-year-old is trying to spin the lids. Spinning is fun, and it makes a racket kids love.
Last, a memory game. I haven't tried this, but these lids seem perfect for a durable little memory game. Just put pairs of matching stickers on lids and voila! A memory game. We have some letter stickers that would be perfect for this.
Update: Just came across this idea for juice top sewing cards!
|Photo from One Inch World|
So the next time you are looking for a safe and eco-friendly toy for your child, check the recycling bin!
- Boxes with Slots
- Car City made of Tissue Boxes
- Repurpose Your Duplo Blocks into Word Builders
- Appliance Boxes
Any other ideas for frozen OJ lids?
What is your favorite upcycled toy?
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