Thursday, 26 August 2010

TLC

Which used to mean Tender Loving Care

tlc

Now apparently means Tummy Loving Care according to Martine McCutcheon.

martine & activia

Last week, my SIL Marion brought some Activia Yogurt to the picnic. I’d not eaten one before, and when I’d finished, I sat looking at the empty plastic pot. I turned it round in my fingers, turned it upside down, and peered into it. “You’re working out what to make with it, aren’t you?” said Marion [they know me too well] “Hmm, Holiday Club Crafts…” I muttered “But you only just finished this year’s one!” said Lucy. “Yes, but if I need to collect about a hundred, that takes time” I explained.

So the pot has been properly washed and is sitting on the sideboard

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I am still waiting for inspiration. I did Google a bit, and came up with this project

activia pincushion

A truly fabulous piece of creativity – but I am not sure that it is manageable for 5 year olds [who have no need of pincushions anyway]

And whilst it would do for making a lovely ‘cress head’ that isn’t very easy to achieve in the limited time space of the Club

I keep looking at the pot as I go past…after all, I do feel that

This Looks Craftable!!

Does anyone else have an idea for recycling these pots as a children’s craft activity?

11 comments:

  1. I agree I have often thought you should be able to make something from these. The only thing that springs to mind for kids is make a sort of musical shaker. Put lentils in, cover it up and fix with an elastic band and shake away. I don't know how good it would sound but it would be easy to try.

    Personally I think it would make a great paint pot.

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  2. It looks like a useful starting point for making maracas to me! Part fill with lentils/ dried peas etc, add a lid and a handle, paint and there you have it - something to rattle in (or out of) time with the songs. Five year olds will love it, even if their parents don't!

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  3. Paint it, add raffia handle and it becomes a tiny basket for....um, things!

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  4. Candles? Though they are 5 year olds.

    Musical shaker is a good idea.

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  5. or decorate, use string to make a handle and then it's a little basket for a gift. (if they were older I'd say tealight holder) Or they could use it as a tiny plant pot.

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  6. OK - thanks for all these comments - musical instruments or little baskets with handles are both good ideas.
    I thought about tealights too, but decided that the children are too young and the plastic may melt, so that idea gets abandoned on 2 counts.

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  7. What a neat shape - truly craftable, but I'm not very crafty so have no ideas for you - I just like the shape, we don't get that shape container here!

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  8. I'd have to cover it with something, cloth or glue on pieces of paper or cloth for a stained glass look, then I would probably plant something in it. Since winter is coming, a bulb or some small flower that could live inside. :-) Kids love to plant,

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  9. I'm now seeing four of them as wheels for some kind of car/truck project!

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  10. String holder/dispenser? A ball of string inside, something to seal up the opening, then a hole to dispense the string through?

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