We all know that children prefer to play with the box or the paper or even the garbage before they will play with any toy. It is fun, new, and they can get creative with it.

This is where our “junk” comes into handy.

Now, some could say I am being a penny-pincher while others would say this is a genius idea.

Drum roll please…….

When something is empty or gone, save it… … ...BOOM!!

Okay, so don’t save EVERYTHING but you get the gist of what I am saying right?

When your lotion bottle is gone, clean it and give it to your toddler to play with.

When your facial toner is gone, clean it and give it to your toddler to play with in the bathtub.

When you decide it’s time to get new playdough, grab the old container, clean it and put it in the bathtub or water table.

Old sippy cups that you will not use anymore, give them to your child to play with their dolls.

The list can go on and on. This is so smart because if your child happens to break the “toy” then you aren’t angry about it and it’s and easy toss in the garbage.

Changing out kitchen utensils, kids’ plates, cups, or even if there is an empty spice container; these are perfect for your child’s play kitchen or to pretend with.

Not only will your child be excited about these things because they are new but they can also be creative and find ways to use these objects for play.


Aright, so the same can go for you, mama… an old mason jar becomes a cup or a flower vase. An old crate becomes a book shelf, even a coat rack becomes your daughters purse rack.

There are so many ways to be creative with “junk” for your child and even for yourself.

Have fun with this.

Comment below with one thing you give your children to play with, rather then tossing in the garbage?

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