I have a ton of the plastic square baby food containers with lids. We would like to use them for VBS crafts. Does anyone have any simple kid friendly craft ideas that we could use these in? Thanks.
By April from NW Missouri
Here are some from a first-grade teacher.
For the Teacher: organizers for desk (paper clips, etc)
Music: have students experiment with sounds by putting various objects in to shake
Science: grow a seed in water and watch it sprout
make a miniature biome! they could make one for each biome and have a collection
poke some holes and have a bug catcher
put spices in and use for sniffing and identifying smells
Math: use for sorting, balance, use to teach all +-x and / with manipulatives
Social Studies: make a bulletin board with a classroom world map and showcase crafts from around the world inside while pinning the containers to the country on the map
Art: 3D Christmas tree ornaments
endless uses, especially for paints for groups to use
Misc: send one home with each child at the beginning of the school year and have them put something inside to tell about themselves to the rest of the class
When I was doing my Early Childhood education degree I had to find projects for a class and we had to have like 50 projects. I came across a baby food jar project that you put water, some glitter, and a dollar store figure on the top of the jar. Then something else (to make the water stay clear). I don't recall that product but if you put those all together it makes it look like a home made snow globe. The thing is the children love to pick the figure's and the glitter. Make sure you help them with the glitter though, they tend to be a bit messy. Oh and use clothe or something on the button (which would be top< of the jar), Or Valvet would be the best, red, green, white, black, they tend to end up being Christmas presents.
A number of thoughts come to mind.
1) jars for storing glue, paint, glitter, etc. that you might use for creating your crafts
2) jars for making up premade cocoa or tea mixes, etc. to give as gifts or sell
3) storing safety pins, beads, buttons, paper clips, tacks, etc.
4) jars for putting honey in to sell or give as gifts
"Google" kids' crafts sites, or DIY kids' crafts. There must be something there. If not, if your church has a bazaar or Fall Festival or something, sell them by the "5"s or some # for people to buy to fill up themselves. Like the other poster, I'd love to find small matching storage containers. Good luck...everything I can think of costs too much or has too may steps that deal with glue.
I make handmade jewelry, and boy, do I wish I'd kept more of those containers, from when my littlest was still a baby! They're great for storing special beads, and they stack really well- I store them in plastic shoeboxes, from the dollar store, sorted by color / type of bead / findings, etc. Don't know how well they'd work as the basis of a craft (though there are some really neat ideas here), but they're swell, for storing bits n' pieces for crafting other things! :o)
I do in-home daycare, plus have grandkids. I have so many of the plastic, round baby food containers that are out there nowadays. What can I do craftwise with them? A couple of years ago, I painted them and then put homemade candies in them, but I'd like some new ideas! Thanks.
By Robin B
Make a small dish (jar lid is perfect) with some glue in it and another with glitter. Dip and dip, then let dry. When dry, tie a sizable knot to the end of some ribbon, thread it through a darning needle, and thread it through the inside to the back (bottom) of the cups. Decorate with ribbons, mini poinsettias, buttons, flowers, or any small decorative item and they become bells. Hang them from upper window sills, your car mirror, door knobs and more.
I have TONS of the new babyfood plastic containers with covers on hand. Can anyone think of something I could do with them. Anything crafty? My hubby wants to use them for his screws and such. Any other suggestions would be great. I would love to do something crafty with them.
You could make then into stackable small child's toys. Maybe putting stickers on them with pictures/numbers and letters. (01/22/2005)
By Mr. Thrifty
My daughter has been saving plastic baby food containers for me. I volunteer at a crisis nursery and I would like to have a craft project for preschool children with which I can use these containers. Anyone out there with ideas?
Thanks in advance!
Cindy from Berea, OH
We have used them for many of the same reasons as last postings have but also we made small coin holders for fake coins or real ones. Decorate the sides like a pot of gold for St. Patty's Day. We did this put slit in container with lid on bottom to get coins. For Valentine's Day we made hearts on side with treats inside.
You could do this for any holiday. I also am planning to use the lids for frames for mommy day pictures some how with lace on side or something. Everyday I save them, because left over food for my babies is perfect to make baby food for the next day, and for making my own yogurt containers. Kids love them for many treats. Good luck. Rain (04/23/2007)
By rains romper room
I use mine for coin banks, for my grandchildren. We used contact paper to decorate them, We also used the kind that looked like wood flooring to make a jewelry box for their Mom. It was a hit. I use them when I paint my doors and walls, the kind with a separate lid. The brush fits in easily and there is less mess. They are great for making car jewelry boxes for men, as well. Good for holding nuts and bolts. Also I use them for my laundry dryer sheets.
They are good for storing dry cat food, make sure they are washed and rinsed very good before using as food savers. When freezing use with a plastic bags. I use a Zip lock sandwich bag, fill with water 1/2 way, then freeze. Perfect for a boo boo, or to put into a cooler. Cut the tube off, old wore out socks, throw away the foot part. Soak the tube, ring out excess water. Then put into the Plastic Baby wipe containers. Put in freezer, perfect for ice on the ankles or wrist. I also put holes in bottom and start garden seeds. I keep empty ones in the car, with plastic bag for the kids for car sickness. Hope this helps, Ellen from TN (03/15/2009)
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