What do an empty mustard container, a laundry basket, Dixie cups and plastic container lids have in common? Most of us would answer: absolutely nothing. My mother would disagree. She was born and raised in a small village in South Korea and she knows a thing or three about reduce, reuse, recycle. Growing up, she lived the 3 Rs out of necessity and waaaaaaay before it was in vogue.
A mustard container makes a great bath toy. A laundry basket is a fabulous baby seat. Dixie cups promote creativity and competition. Container lids are more fun than the Fridge Farm. And the bonus? None of these items require batteries or come with a thousand toy parts! This is the way they did it in the old country.
Necessity is a great motivator for creating new solutions to old problems. Some of the most innovative ideas are born out of necessity because when people really need to do something, they will figure out a way. My mother has a knack for bringing fresh ideas to entertain her grandchildren.
Smarties, what household items have you re-purposed as a boredom buster for your children?