10 Items To Repurpose For Kid’s Entertainment

10 Items To Repurpose For Kid's Entertainment

It’s EARTH DAY! To celebrate, I thought I’d make a fun list of ideas on how to take items you have around the house and repurpose them for the sake of our little ones and their creativity.

Whether you have kids or not, there is one thought that is universal: Kids can be very expensive! From craft supplies to clothing, toys and more, there are LOTS of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle for kids to save money, and Mother Earth. Here are some ideas:

1. Re-use popcorn tins as toy holders. We use ours from Christmas for all of our Play-Doh pieces, but these could be great for blocks, LEGOS, plastic toys or more.

2. Keep wrapping paper for crafts. Use the back of the paper as an “art canvas.” Because dude — special finger painting paper is expensive and this works just the same. It can be great for sticker artwork as well because what kid doesn’t like sticking stickers everywhere just for fun?!

3. Cookie cutters can provide hours of entertainment! Use them for tracing, Play-Doh and more.

4. Re-use yogurt cups for all kinds of kid-friendly reasons. Our preschool uses them for paint cups, but I love using them for color sorting activities, too!

5. Egg cartons make the perfect paint palette. Just plop in your colors and go to town. If you’re kids are like mine, they will mix them until they all turn brown, but that’s OK ;)

6. Use your postpartum bucket for sensory activities, or activities with a lot of little pieces. {Or, just a tupperware container.} I just love this little bucket for so many reasons. But kid crafting is the best. IDEA: Let your child take an old golf ball and cover it in paint. Tape paper to the bottom of the bucket and let the child roll the ball around to make some fun, abstract art!

10 Items To Repurpose For Kid's Entertainment

Kinley “painting” snow with drops of food coloring in my postpartum bucket from the hospital

7. Re-use those big, decorative boxes from Jo-Ann’s for books. I have a few of these from presents I’ve received. We used to have a bookcase in Kinley’s room and it drove me crazy because she loved to pull all the books out and my organizational-freak self hated it {I love them arranged by size — cut me some slack!}. Now, she can pull them out all she wants and it makes for easier clean-up — I just throw them in the bin at the end of the day.

8. Baby wipe containers ROCK. We use ours for craft supplies and things like crayons and puzzles, but I’ve even caught Kinley using them as a bed for her small plastic junks. IDEA: Use one for all the little items us parents all like to keep in the car: Napkins, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, sunscreen samples, etc.

9. Use old curtains/shower curtains them as a crafting tablecloth or as a big canvas for your kids. Or, make a road on it for them to drive their toys with wheels on.

10. Boxes can make ANY craft. Seriously, give your kid an empty diaper box and see what they can create. We used one awhile back to make Kinley a robot costume, which was very well-loved when it finally went into the recycling bin for good! We’ve also made candy shops and a pet shop for all our stuffed animals. The options are endless.

10 Items To Repurpose For Kid's Entertainment

What are your favorite items to repurpose for kid’s entertainment?

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Bookstock: Ultimate Book Sale Happening in Michigan April 27-May 4, 2014

Bookstock Used Media Sale in Michigan April 27-May 4, 2014

I was selected for this sponsored post by Hay There Social Media. All opinions expressed are my own.

It is no secret that I have an immense passion for literacy, which is why when I learned about Bookstock, a GIANT book sale that benefits non-profits in Michigan, my heart starting racing with excitement.

I am a huge library advocate. I believe in the importance of going weekly with my kids — not just for the social aspect, but so they can experience the simple joy it is to pick out books all by themselves.

But having books in the home at ALL times is equally important to me. You know why? Because of this study:

Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20-year study led by Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno associate professor of sociology and resource economics.

~ Science Daily

Read the study here. Awesome stuff. And sorry kids — you are GOING to college ;)

Thing is, books can be pricey. For that, I have two solutions for you: Michigan Friends of Education offers FREE books for students {seriously, just pay S&H} or, shop used book sales! Not only are they a ton of fun, but many help great causes.  I have bought things like Atlases and kid encyclopedias at used book sales for just pennies just to have them around. And guess what? My kids love flipping through them and asking questions.

Today I am sharing about Bookstock, which is coming to Livonia April 27-May 4, 2014. Mark your calendar because you do not want to miss out!

WHAT IS BOOKSTOCK?
Bookstock is an annual, non-profit used book and media sale. All merchandise sold comes from donations and all workers and organizers are volunteers. Proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations and merchandise remaining after the sale is donated to area non-profit organizations and schools.

100,000 ITEMS! Pre-sorted books and merchandise

  • Current fiction, children’s books, biographies, cookbooks
  • Records and CD’s
  • DVD’s and Videos
  • Books on tape
  • Dozens of Categories

WHEN IS THE SALE?

April 27 to May 4, 2014

  • Pre-sale: Sunday, 8:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. | $20 entry fee for first shot at the books {Buy presale tickets here}
  • Otherwise, during regular sale hours, admission is FREE!
  • Sale Hours:
    • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Most books cost between $1 – $4.

LOCATION:

Laurel Park Place
37700 W. 6 Mile Road
(1/4 mile east of I-275)

SPECIAL PRICING DAYS:

This year, Bookstock will feature five days of special sales:

  • Monday Madness – Monday, April 28: One lucky buyer will receive a $500 gift card and 750 shoppers will receive spectacular giveaways.
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – Tuesday, April 29: Bookstock is celebrating teachers by giving 50 percent off to all teachers with a valid ID, from 3 – 9 p.m. At 5 p.m. Bookstock B.E.S.T.* Awards, (Bookstock Extraordinary Student/School/Teacher) will be presented to fourth grade students from Detroit Public Schools who best describe how “My Favorite Book…and Why.” Awards will be presented by a Local 4 News personality and cash prizes will be given to five students, their teachers and their schools.
  • Bookbuster Special Days – Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1: Buy 3 books and get the 4th book *free (*least expensive item), from 3 – 9 p.m. Spend $25 or more and be entered in a special drawing for a football signed by Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Staffrord or an exciting sports collectible.
  • Half Price Finale – Sunday, May 4: All remaining books and media will be sold for half price!

Bookstock is brought to the community by the Jewish Community Relations Council, and a consortium of communal non-profit organizations that support education and literacy projects throughout metro Detroit.

In just 12 years, Bookstock has donated almost $1 million to local non-profits :D

For more information about Bookstock, call (248) 645-7840, ext. 365 or visit bookstock.info, or follow on Facebook | Twitter.

What are your favorite frugal ways to get books  into the hands of your children?

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