It may just look like an empty oatmeal box, but those tall round canisters can hold endless crafting possibilities. Don't toss your oatmeal containers. Instead, let kids help recycle them by turning them into something interesting and fun. While away a boring afternoon making creative crafts from these tubes.
Let your child save up for that bicycle by making a bank of his own. Tape construction paper to the outside of the oatmeal canister and let kids decorate it as they like using markers, stickers or crayons. Cut a long slit into the plastic lid for the money, and you have a simple-to-make bank. Customize the bank depending on what the child is saving up for. For example, draw a bike or a game system on the bank to remind him what he needs the money for. A bank could even be good for parents to throw spare change in.
Make a silo and have a place for those plastic cows your child has to hang out. By painting an oatmeal canister red with craft paint and making a cone-shaped roof out of cardboard or paper, you can easily construct a silo. Use white paint to make doors and windows for the silo. Let your child get creative and decorate the silo as she likes, then get out some farm animals and make a farm scene with the silo as the centerpiece. If you have a shoe box on hand, you could even make a matching barn.
Losing pens is one of everyone's biggest pet peeves. Keep pens and pencils handy by using an oatmeal box to create a pen holder. Take the lid off of the container and decorate it either with construction paper or by gluing lines around it and putting yarn on the lines. This creates a funky-looking holder and you can alternate colors. A pen holder would make a great gift for a teacher or family member.
Toddlers will like playing their own drum set that you can make using an oatmeal container. Cut the container in half to make two drums. Find something creative to put over the hole on the top to make the drum sound; this could be paper, waxed paper or cardboard. Tape it over the hole and cover the other hole with construction paper. Let your toddler decorate the drums as he likes. A big drum could also be made by not cutting the container in half and just using it as it is, or make a set by cutting the container into three pieces.
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