We are enormous yogurt fans in this house and literally get through hundreds of pots over the course of a year. This all seems a terrible waste and yogurt pots are absolutely perfect for all sorts of crafting activities from making pin cushions to bird feeders there are literally hundred of things you and the kids can do.
This week I thought me and Fifi could go back to basics with two projects, learning about plants and learning about animals, I hope they inspire you.
Learning about Plants
The most basic thing that you can do with kids is to make sure they know where their food comes from and how plants can grow. Of course there are many ways you can do this and yogurt pots make absolutely excellent little containers for growing seedings in for autumn vegetables and we have a few little pots of seeds on the go with the intention of planting them out when they are a bit bigger.
If you want to have a long discussion about seeds and growing things with a three year old or under, one of the best things to plant is mustard and cress which can be planted in damp cotton wool. So for our first activity we decorated a yogurt pot very simply. All we did was to wrap some tissue paper around the pot, this enabled us to draw on it, we decided to draw a smiley face.
Fifi then placed some damp cotton wool inside and she scattered the seeds inside. Everyday Fifi and I looked at the seeds and saw how much they had grown, its been a brilliant activity and formed a little routine which we both looked forward to. I think he needs a haircut now...
Learning about Animals
Boy is in reception and the emphasis this term is on animals. As a result we have been doing a lot at home on the theme of animals. I know that yogurt pots make great mobiles so I set out all our crafting materials on the table and tasked Fifi with making some animals in different ways. I helped her do cutting but left the rest down to her inspiration. She came up with the idea of making a sheep, 2 frogs in different ways and a monkey. I think its fairly self evident how to make them and frankly the beauty of home crafting is that you can do exactly what you like.
In order to make the frame for the mobile I cut some bamboo into three lengths which I fastened together using string and sellotape, I think of all the things I have used to make frames for mobiles this works the best and it also provides a nice bit of rustic charm.
It is my intention to try to make a new animal for the mobile every day that Fifi is not at playgroup. Soon we will have a whole zoo!
This post was inspired by the number of yogurt pots we have acquired, possibly down to eating lots of yummy Yeo Valley yoghurt's as part of their brand ambassador programme.