I often find we always have lots of extra egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, water bottles and strawberry baskets. It seems a shame to throw so many of them away, so I thought I would start thinking of fun ways to use them. Plus, anything I can find to keep my toddler’s hands busy this summer is always a plus.
Patriotic Strawberry Basket
- Empty strawberry basket
- Ribbon in red, white and blue
- Bow and pipe cleaner (optional)
We began by weaving the ribbon in and out of the basket. (This also helps develop fine motor skills in kids.)
When we got to the end I layered the ribbon over each other to make it flow and not have a seam. You could also secure it with tape inside.
The final touch was taping on the bow and securing the pipe cleaner to both sides of the basket.
Since we were going to see some cousins later that day, Little Man wanted to bring them a small gift. Filling the basket with some leftover party favors from his birthday ended up being a perfect fit.
What have you turned into impromptu crafts for your kids?