If you’ve ever used a pack of travel wipes, you know they come with a nifty plastic lid that opens and closes and keeps the wipes from drying out. I love these lids, but I don’t love throwing them out. I started separating the lid from the bag and recycling the lid, but even then the teacher in me just couldn’t see such a versatile piece of plastic go to waste! So, here are some ways to repurpose baby wipe lids instead of tossing them.
This is a great way to teach the concept of open/close to your little one. My little man is 14 months and he is in quite an open/close obsession at the moment. He loves to have one of these lids in the car or if we are quietly waiting somewhere. I tell him “open” or “close” as he plays with it to help him learn these words.
If you have multiple lids saved up it is fun to stack them together and try and peel them apart. My little one loves a challenge like this.
Place several of these lids onto a piece of thick paper and glue soft fabrics, coarse sandpaper, bumpy materials, sticky glue, etc. of all different textures inside the lids. They’ll love opening each lid and feeling the textures inside! Talk with your child about what they are feeling, i.e. “Oh that sandpaper is rough!”
This is probably the most versatile idea using these lids. You could use it to teach things such as colors, shapes, emotions, food, sign language signs…the possibilities are endless! Glue a lid onto a piece of paper. Write a word on the outside and on the inside of the lid have a picture or other representation of the word. Little man and I made one for the color blue because we’ve been doing all kinds of fun activities related to blue.
For older children, you could use this idea to teach other concepts such as letters, numbers, seasons, opposites, plants, animals, state capitols or abbreviations, science terms….and so on…. really anything.
Using the same idea as the Peek-a-Boo Boards, your child can have fun opening and closing lids with pictures of loved ones underneath. Encourage language by talking together about who it is and something special about that person.
These things just seem like they would make a pretty huge, awesome advent calendar around the holidays! If you can save up enough lids (which I am sure you can), your kids would have a blast opening one a day during the Christmas season. Cover them with Christmas paper and glue onto a huge poster board. Have your kids decorate it like crazy!
I stuck two of these lids back-to-back and noticed it made a pretty nice little change purse. I actually didn’t even need glue because the lids are so sticky! It’s held up for a few days already and it is pretty handy to take for walks in the stroller when I just might want to get a coffee. If you have a little princess in the house, glue some yarn onto it to make a strap for the purse. Have her decorate it with jewels, googly eyes, glitter, pompoms, or whatever else you may have in the house!
Written by Adrianne