Simon woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, and he is also fighting off a little cold. I decided to keep him in for the morning, since we will be on the go later, but his mood called for an activity that would be engaging and distracting.
I like to keep a few of the baby food puree pouches on hand for tossing into the diaper bag when we have a lot going on, or for adding a little extra fruit and vegetables to his oatmeal, yogurt, etc. It is also a way that I sneak him some of the veggies that he refuses to eat whole, such as broccoli.
Really, the only downside of these things is the packaging involved. One day, I thought to myself: there must be a way to reuse the caps, in order to be less wasteful. So, I started saving them in a bowl. I had the idea of using them for craft projects or a sensory bin.
Today, when Simon was throwing about his sixth wailing fit of the morning, I decided we should finally put these caps to good use. I spread a towel on the kitchen floor, gave the caps a wash (in case of any dried food bits remaining inside), put out two clear bowls with some water and the caps in one, and handed Simon a measuring cup.
He had a blast scooping the floating caps out of the water, transferring them from bowl to bowl, over and over again. We also sorted them by color, counted them, and played a sort of hide-and-seek game with the caps for which there was only one of a color. I would say “Can you find the yellow one?”, and he would paw through the bowl to seek it out.
We also discovered that these things make a pretty awesome stacking toy, since their shape causes them to interlock a little bit. In the end we were building little colorful towers with the caps, which Simon would knock down excitedly, in true toddler fashion.
If you ever buy these puree pouches for your child(ren), I highly recommend saving and re-purposing the caps like this. I see lots of other potential uses for them in the future: wheels for little homemade cars, recycled sculpture material, the centers for craft project flowers, pretend food in the play kitchen…the possibilities go on and on!