Hands up if you have a set of interlocking foam alphabet, number or animal play mats. The twins haven't played with theirs for at least a year. We are gearing up to move house so I have been tossing and donating left and right.
Side note: I should also probably be banned from entering stores between now and our move date because I seem to bring home two bags for every one I get rid of.
During a toss-out vs donate frenzy on Monday I found an entire box full of foam play mat pieces. I studiously set to work piecing it back together so I could clean it and donate it. Of course there were at least a dozen pieces missing. I eventually gave in and tossed them in the trash. But I felt guilty. I hate throwing things away. I always try to find a way to re-use items.
Last night when everyone was in bed the light bulb finally went off. And dumpster diving style I went into the trash bin and retrieved as many pieces as I could. Thank goodness too because the trash truck arrived this morning.
I dug up some scraps of wood in my craft room and a bottle of Elmer's Craft Bond and set to work making stamps for the kids.
Then I tested out a couple before the kids came home from school. The verdict: these work great if you pour a little paint onto a re-usable plate, similar to what we did for the Spring Memory Book project.
Or you can hand paint them and create something like this:
These would make a lovely handmade Easter card for someone special.