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It pains me to throw out food, even if it might be a little outdated.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?

5 comments:

kewkew said...

This is a great idea. I should have seen this post before cleaning out my cupboard. Of course, my fear would be that the children would eat it anyway.

I just wanted to let you know you have been chosen for cohost for next week's Crafty Side Blog Hop. If you are still interested could you please contact me at
waidekaren@gmail.com
I am assuming you don't have a button, which the other lady I host with had asked about. But if you could write up a short bit about yourself/your blog and get it to me I will see that she gets it.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Blessings

Plain Graces said...

I am excited about the hop!

I hope you keep this activity in mind when you clean the cupboards next time!

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