Wednesday, August 5

Word-to-the-wise Wednesday - the jewels to be found in your 'useful box'

Those familiar with Play School in the 70's and 80's will know what a 'useful box is'.  For us, it's a big 70litre crate with a lid that I put miscellaneous household waste and miscellaneous tidbits for the kids to make craft with.

  • loo rolls/cling wrap and paper towel rolls
  • paper plates
  • patty pans
  • aluminium mini pie patty pans
  • cardboard packaging
  • egg cartons
  • ice cream containers
  • netting from orange/onion bags
  • macaroni
  • margarine containers
  • scrap paper
  • streamers
  • ribbon
  • biodegradeable filler packaging
  • dried maple leaves
  • cotton balls
We also have a craft cupboard - with textas, crayons, oil pastels, paints, stamps, sponges, sticker books, colouring books - we are fully crafted out!

But today it was all about the useful box as it's beginning to overflow...

So I cut up some loo rolls and divided them into 3 icecream containers

We put the lid on for a while and used it as a drum

Then the girls sat at the table and coloured in their 'jewels'

Threaded them onto some ribbon (good use of motor skills!)

And made beautiful necklaces.   If the crowns we made months ago are anything to go by, we may have these for a while!!

Those looking for their own inspiration for what to do with a useful box - here's the Playschool Website area for Useful box activities
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2 lovely comments:

Gab* on August 5, 2009 at 10:11 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Great idea! Looks like they loved it!

m.e (Cathie) on August 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Now, I just need to get MY act together to put all these wonderful things in ONE place, not all over the house!


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