Monday, May 16, 2011
Kitchen "Tinker Toys"
Okay. I am not a perfect housekeeper.
Occasionally, I find a bag or two of opened marshmallows or candy that we forgot to finish up. Now they are past their prime and I fear a weird disease would be unleashed if I let the kids eat them. It would be simple to throw it in the compost or trash, but I don't like to waste.
It pains me to throw out food, even if it might be a little outdated. I decided to clean out the cupboards and whip up a simple activity. I should be able to get something out of these bits of old food.
I decided to let the kids "play" with their food today. I cleaned out my cupboards and found a few items that might make fun construction materials. I had some stale cheerios, year old marshmallows, lone spaghetti noodles, and some very tart candy that no one in my family dared to eat. I love using our leftover parade candy for this activity. Perfect!
I showed the children ways to break the noodles and attach them together with the marshmallows and candy. They played for a long time, creating all kinds of monsters, porcupines, and aesthetically pleasing buildings for the four year old demographic.
Clean up was a breeze- I just wiped everything into the trash afterwards. Here are a few pictures of a morning crafting with noodles and marshmallows!
What do you have hiding in your cupboards that can be used for art?