Save Plastic Lids for Toddler Toys

I did this when my kids were small, the youngest is now 32. I did it for my older grandkids, and I am now doing it for the younger grandkids and greatgrandkids. I have saved the colored plastic lids off of various bottles, such as mayonnaise, peanut butter, etc. Lids have to be too big to fit in a young ones mouth. I have a couple metal ones but most are plastic.

I keep them in a drawstring bag in basket, I use as a toy box for when the kids visit. They are good to teach colors, to count, to stack like blocks, to pretend, kids favorite is to pretend we are at a restaurant and the lids are food. Put little one between two larger ones and you have a sandwich, etc. Their imagination can run wild. So much fun with no additional expense. The amount of enjoyment for all is endless.

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Source: Just me and my kids.

By Knitter926 from Bloomington, IL

Editor's Note: As Knitter926 mentioned, make sure that the lids are too large to be swallowed by children under 3 years old.

September 2, 20090 found this helpful

I bet your children were never bored and are most likely able to deal with life's ups and downs.

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful

A wealth of wise ideas - thanks.

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful

What a great idea! Sometimes simple really is the best.

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September 3, 20090 found this helpful

I believe and this proves it, you don't need to spend a lot of money on electronic and hi tech toys for kids to have fun and develop skills. Way to go KNITTER 926

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September 16, 20090 found this helpful

What a darling idea! Now that it's come out that most plastic food containers contain BPH (bisphenol), make sure the kids are not putting these in their mouths.

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September 13, 20100 found this helpful

Not only thrifty, but good for kids, too. Seems there is more research every day coming out giving further proof that kids need free time for imaginative play, time away from electronic games and organized classes.

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September 13, 20100 found this helpful

I ran a rainbow guide unit for 12 years and we used the plastic lids as Frisbees indoors and outdoors, the girls thought it was great fun. liz uk

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September 15, 20100 found this helpful

What a wonderful idea! Now that we have grandchildren on the way I will be saving in more ways than one.

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February 21, 20160 found this helpful

I love your idea. I also recycle. And always thing of things to do with the covers of coffee covers and the colorful coffee containers. I hate to put these in the recycle if they can be used for storing or my 11 grandchildren's toys. I keep one bright colored coffee plastic container for crayons with a snap on lid. And the kids love the bright colors. It can also be used for blocks and legos and much much more....Great advice...

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