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I always feel conflicted about buying baby food in pouches instead of glass jars. The pouches are amazingly convenient and organic and kids can feed themselves…but the packaging is not recyclable. (I don’t understand why someone hasn’t come up with responsible packaging amidst all of that amazing design). I realized that the colorful caps would make great beads and keep some plastic out of the trash. Ada made this for Josie yesterday and it is her new favorite toy. The colors are bright, it makes noise and it is super fun to take on and off over your head if you are a toddler. You will need:
*Baby Food Pouch Caps
*Leather Cord or Cotton Shoelace (Nylon will snag on the caps)
1. Wash caps.
2. String caps onto cord through holes.
3. Tie at the ends.
4. Show off to your friends (or your sister).
*The pouches would also make great little ice packs for the summer: Rinse thoroughly, fill 2/3 of the way with water, twist on cap and freeze.*
Mary Frye said:
Two great ideas – a toy and a handy ice pack. Nicely done, Ada and Jeanne.
Great ideas! Leila is pretty much out of the baby food phase but I still buy these pouches for traveling because they are super convenient! I’ll have to try the ice pack idea.
Lauren Perreault said:
Your idea seems good but I would definitely go with the leather cord, which would break in an emergency rather than the shoelace. I can just see a child getting accidentally strangled with this otherwise. Or maybe not tie it in a circle but just let them play with the string of beads. Don’t think this is an unsupervised toy either!
Yes, necklaces and long strings are never unsupervised toys for little ones.
Saw this in a google search. We have a growing collection of these caps after just a month. Being a Lego collector, these seemed like a waste of good plastic ‘parts’. We are going to string some up as garland for our Christmas tree this year an maybe make colorful night lights with old solar sidewalk lights (discard everything but the solar unit, put the cap over the LED and leave out at night. Charge it back up in your windowsill by day.
Always fun to repurpose such things.
Tim Cooper said:
We drilled holes through the center, strung them with wire in an alternating color patterns, twisted the wire tight at the ends and called it a snake or caterpillar depending on the length. you can draw eyes in with a sharpie or use pipe cleaners as antenna.
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