I’ve been holding onto a couple of old wipes containers for a while now. (We use Costco’s wipes now, and they just come in bags rather than plastic containers.) I’ve been wanting to transform them into something for the kids to play with, but wasn’t exactly sure what yet. I finally used one of them today.
Of course, the original idea came to me via Pinterest (go figure!). You can find my original pin here. They have several different ideas for old wipes containers. (I’m currently saving up milk caps for the image on the pin!) In the original post, they used a Kleenex box for the fabric one, but my kids LOVE opening and closing things, and it was an added bonus of using the wipes container. Plus I had several of them on hand, and they wouldn’t get destroyed by my children; they are still in the ‘everything must go in my mouth’ phase. It definitely makes for a cheap toy!
In any case, it was very easy to do. I had a bunch of old fabric left over from the monster panels I made for their nursery (see the post on those here!) and I am not a sewer by any means. I cut up some scraps. I decided to make them fairly similar in size. They aren’t all the same, and they definitely aren’t straight edges. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It will also be good for when they are slightly older for counting and colors. I put different numbers of each color in, so you can make games like pulling out all the yellow squares or how many brown squares are there? You could cut the fabric in shapes and do things with that as well.
For the box, as I mentioned before, it’s simply an old wipes container. I’ve heard about people mod podging them and decorating them, but the box I had was purchased with a pattern on it, so I left it.
Once the scraps were cut, I simply put the fabric in the box and it was done.
Cora took to it right away; she loved it! Grant took some convincing, but he finally came around and is starting to play with it a bit, too. (Though it was after the camera was put away.) His favorite part, of course, is the lid.