Yup, you read it right. Little Miss S eats crayons. She is four months away from turning 3… and yet she still eats crayons. It doesn’t happen while you are watching her or when her sister is sitting down coloring with her. Instead she takes a crayon and sneaks away to eat it. Then she comes over to me yelling “Mommy, Mommy, Look!” while sticking out her tongue. Then I tell her how she can get really sick eating crayons and put her in time out. You can then go ahead an repeat this process in a couple of days.
Lately, she been picking blue crayons which have in turn made her poop some very interesting colors. Today she decided to switch it up a bit and ate an orange crayon. Fantastic! Can’t wait to see if this one effects her bowl movements in any way, shape or form.
I am sure that there are other people out there that are having this problem… or at least I hope. I definitely don’t want to think that she has some weird kind of crayon eating fetish. Miss S doesn’t really eat the WHOLE crayon… just chews on the end of it enough to get a good amount of little itty bitty crayon pieces all over her tongue, teeth, face, neck, hands and whatever else she decides to rub them on.
I really hope that she figures out that crayons are made for coloring on paper and not on the inside of her tummy. I’m really not a big fan of trying to scrape all the little bits out of her mouth. I’m sure Miss M would like it too, since she has really taken a liking to drawing and writing.
We do a good job with recycling all of our cans, plastic, paper and glass but I just thought that there had to be another way to get some good use out of some of those things.
So I decided to do what anyone would do and spend some time on Pintrest looking for cool ways to re-purpose our tin cans. I have to say that I found some pretty good ideas but I decided to just pick 2 of my favorite ones to share with you because I think these will be a big hit with the kids.
1.Tin Can Stilts
I think is my favorite! It reminds me of the stilts that I used in gym class although those were real wooden stilts instead of these but these are still such a good idea! It’s a pretty easy one to do to… all you really need to do is get two big cans and some rope. Preferably you will want to make sure that the cans are the same size so that the kiddos can learn how to balance on them and walk with them easily.
Click the image above to take you to Happy Hooligans blog for the How To on this fun idea!
2. Strawberry Planter
I picked this one because I know how much kids like to watch stuff grow and develop, plus who doesn’t like strawberries! This project needs a little more time/work put into it but it’s a project that the kids can really get into! Not only can they watch the plant grow but they can also get their hands dirty by painting/decorating the outside or the can and by digging in the dirt to plant the strawberry!
I don’t know about you, but living in Orange County we have a lot of ant issues. So, planting these in the ground would be pretty pointless since they would probably get eaten by the ants before we even get to pick them. This makes this project even better since they will be hanging up which will give these little strawberry plants a greater chance of hitting the bottom of our bellies.
Click the image above to take you to We-Made-That.com for the How To on this yummy idea!
Do you have any other ideas for what you can do with your empty tin cans? Then please let me know in the comments below!