We love yogurt and eat it almost on a daily basis. Eating a lot of yogurt means having a lot of empty yogurt cups laying around. While we recycle most of them, they do come in handy for various small jobs and sometimes games around the house.
On The Go Snack Holders. The 6 ounce yogurt containers are perfect for small hands to hold an on the go snack. Easy to fill and toss in a diaper bag. Use a small piece of Press N’ Seal as a makeshift lid is all you need for you’re upcycled snack holder.
Seed Starter Cups. Thinking of starting a garden this spring? Instead of purchasing seed cups use empty yogurt cups. They are the right size to get your seeds going, poke a few small holes in them for drainage and your all set to go.
Building Blocks. These make light weight stackable building blocks that can be easily tossed in a bag and taken with you. Make them even more fun by letting the kids decorate them with washable markers and stickers.
Free Beach Toys. The little cups make great beach toys. Your young toddlers can scoop sand and water easily with them. They can pack damp sand in the empty yogurt cups to make little blocks as well. If the kids share them with their new beach buddies you don’t have to worry about losing a sand toy you just spent five bucks on. When you’re done with them just rinse the sand off and then recycle.
Use Them To Hold Paint. When painting with your little ones squirt a dab of paint in the plastic yogurt cups. This will help keep the colors separated and the paint mess controlled. You could also put a little water in one of the cups to rinse the paint brush. When you’re done painting just toss the cups and the mess into the trash and be done with it.
Make A Small Craft Caddy. These make great little containers to store glue sticks, crayons, glitter tubes, stickers, etc. To make the caddy tape six containers (two rows of three) together. You can make it extra fun by letting the kids decorate the cups before taping them together with clear packing tape. You could also use Wasabi tape in bright colors or a fun pattern.
Empty Yogurt Cup Games
Sorting Game. Teaching kids how to find and sort similar objects can be made easier and more fun by using your empty yogurt cups. Draw or glue the shape onto the front of the cup so they can see where to drop the matching items. Toddlers love putting objects inside containers which will make the activity even more enticing. Just make sure to use proper supervision.
Bowling Game. Set the cups upside down on the floor and then using a soft ball roll it to knock down your yogurt cup pins.
Telephone Game. Do you remember making a telephone out two tin cans and a piece of string? Make your own phone out of two empty yogurt cups instead, it’s an old fashioned game with a new twist.
The Counting Game. Mark a number on the bottom of each empty yogurt cup, then randomly place each number face up on a table or other sturdy surface. Ask your child to rearrange the numbers so that they are in the proper order. Add new numbers as they master the set they already have.
An Alphabet Game. Like the counting game, you will need to mark one letter on the bottom of each yogurt cup. Arrange them out of order and ask your child to place them in the correct place. As they get older and begin to learn to spell they can use the yogurt cup letters to create beginner words. You can even have your child match letters and pictures, for example the letter A is for “apple”. You’re only limited by your imagination.
Have you done any of these activities with empty yogurt cups? If you have how did it go? Or do you have other creative ideas for these little cups?
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