Like most kids Alice's age, when playing with toys, she has the attention span of a gnat. And, more often than not, she wants to play with things that aren't even toys. TV remote. My iPhone. Any type of cord or cable. Having a rotation of rental toys has helped keep her interest during playtime but I've still had to get a bit creative when it comes to kid-appropriate things for her to play with.
As you may have noticed, I have a hard time throwing things away as my guilty conscience just won't let me toss-and-forget so I try to repurpose things whenever possible. So when I got a prescription filled awhile back I winced when they put the already blister-packed pills into a pill bottle (so unnecessary!). Of course those pill bottles are recyclable but I thought of a better use for them. A rattle! Not revolutionary, I know, but when I saw Alice rolling and shaking the then-empty pill container I figured I'd jazz them up a bit in an attempt to keep her interest for more than a hot second. And since I am currently obsessed with washi tape it didn't take much motivation for me to get mine out for this craft. Here's how to make this crazy-easy toy.
- Empty pill container with child-proof lid
- Dried beans or rice or barley (I've even used pistachios)
- Washi tape (get the real stuff... NOT this crappy, plastic-y kind)
- Plain white paper
- Clear packing tape
Who needs toys when you can hug a rock?! April 2013.