One organizing project needed to be the sippy-cup and restaurant take-home plastic cup section. We had so many that finding a proper lid-cup match took longer than pouring the milk. I took this moment to work on organizational skills with the kids. The kids and I sat down and sorted through the cabinet. We organized:
- We went around the house, found stray cups, and washed them.
- We tossed gross cups and ones with hidden cracks.
- We lined up the cups and found matching lids.
- We neatly put all the cups back in the cabinet.
After throwing yucky and lost cups away, we were left with about a dozen lids. I figured we could brainstorm a project using bodily-kinesthetic since they were plastic and the kids would probably play with them. Honestly, they sat on my counter for a few days until we decided what to do with them.
I decided to cut them into shapes. I used the straw hole as a starting point for the scissors. My kids know their shapes, so we didn't spend tons of time with them. I was determined to use these almost-free resources, so I kept brainstorming.
Soon, we had the paint out using them as stencils. What worked so well was that the ridge of the lid gave my kids a great place to hold so they did not scoot around.
As we continued, my two-year-old struggled a bit. She couldn't move the paint and hold the lid simultaneously.
We put the paint in the middle of the shapes instead of transferring paint from a cup to the stencil's center.
She was incredibly proud of her work. and thrilled that her shapes looked like shapes and not blobs.
The kids were giggly-excited over their work and they have no idea that the project that kept them entertained for so long was almost free.