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It’s a Box…No, It’s a Fort

A couple of months ago CommuterGirl discovered that she loves the Swiffer. We quickly took one of the sections out of the handle so that it was “CommuterGirl-size.” She loves it. Daughter and Daddy…swiffering side-by-side.

It got me thinking about how I use household/everyday items to entertain my daughter.Why spend $40 on a tent when you can make one out of pillows and a blanket? Our society is so quick to buy things and use them for one specific purpose rather than being creative and using our imagination.

I admit, I’m not very good at that type of creativity — CommuterDad has a much better imagination than I. He has taught me that pots and pans are drums and paper towel tubes make great horns. And, last night, CommuterGirl and I had a puppet show with socks.

What creative ideas do you have for everyday household items?


  1. bergarabat July 23, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    We have made rattlers out of the empty water bottles and spare change that we keep in the car. They have entertained our 10-month old during many a looong commute.

  2. Anonymous July 24, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    aluminum foil makes a great space suit and martian costume. Plastic containers, utensils and water make great water play inside (with a few towels). Get the book “ultimate concoctions” (found at barns and nobles) and you will have a blast creating and experimenting with household items. (great way to spend a rainy day)

  3. Anonymous July 25, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Tupperware bowls and other large mixing bowls make great water play outside with both water and ice.

    Bath towels make great super hero capes.

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