I've seen a lot of crafts that can be done with them. I actually did one myself! And it was these very little tins of faces that the girls were playing with when Little Man threw a fit about being left out. Sorry, buddy I crafted those long before you were born, and I just don't have the strength to repeat the process! I did have a whole store of empty tins, however. In a hurry to calm the tiny dictator, I grabbed a few small magnets off the fridge and viola! His favorite toy was born. Seriously kid can barely part with this thing long enough for me to photograph it!
I wonder what other found items we could create into the best toy ever?
This could begin a larger dialogue about the complexity of toys these days, how they aren't necessarily any better. That kids living in the slums of the world, playing with a rusted can may just be having as much fun as our kids with all the licensed characters and tacky colored plastic monstrosities. But such a discussion would mean pulling more words out of my head. (a task becoming increasingly more difficult by the endless stream of talking and question-asking the girls have started up) Besides, I'd rather go play on the rug with them anyway.
Some days I revel in simplicity.
Confession: I doubt there will be any utopian rug-playing as I've had to yell at the girls in the short time I have been typing, and Little Man is protesting the ravioli I gave him for dinner... and the dogs are frantically barking at a cat on the back wall... and there are a bunch of dishes collecting flies in my sink. The dream lives on, however!