Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Screw cap practice for toddlers

What is it about screwing bottle tops on and off that makes it s exciting?

Well, for a toddler trying hard every day to do everything that he sees you do yourself it's a big deal and immensely satisfying to be able to do these tricky little things.

I found a great way to help Freddy (28 months) practice with this toy made from the empty packaging of those squeezy fruit pouches.   One of the things that I love about living in France is that fruit compotes and purees are really popular (for adults as well as children) and there are many different types and fruity flavours to try so I have been saving up some packaging to come up with this.....
I used 4 empty pouches, an empty card packet and some strong duct tape.
 Just mark where each cap will be placed and cut with a knife.
My box was quite small so I cut most of the packaging away from the spout.
Which is then poked up from the inside in the box......
before wrapping the whole thing up with duct tape.
Whilst I was making this toy Freddy was painting a shark (hence the paint on his hands) but as soon as he saw that there was tape sticking happening he came to help out.  And of course he was the chief product tester.  What a great way to help build self confidence and Independence.
I have a love hate relationship with these pouches of fruit.  I love them because they are so handy to have in the handbag, Freddy (28 months) absolutely loves them and they contain nothing but fruit (no sugar, sweetener, water etc).  But on the other hand they are just so expensive and we are really not into wasting money.  Every time I open one I just think about I have a large jar of apple compote in the fridge which is a fraction of the price of these.

And then there is the question of plastic.  One of our daily endeavours is to reduce how much of the stuff we have in our lives and I just don't feel they are necessary. 

But don't worry I have a great plan up my sleeve to reduce our squeezy fruit outgoings...just you wait and see!


  1. What a fun way to reuse those pouches! You know, at least you did not throw them out... ;-) I like that...

    Also, I am very pleased to invite you to a "Tell me about yourself" blog award.

    You'll find more details on my blog:

    Well, it's in Polish, so you'll need Google translator for that...

    Have a nice day!

    1. So nice of you Moni!
      I had a look and it was lovely seeing you answer those questions about yourself :)

  2. What a great idea! It is so colourful and pretty too, B would like this I think and needs the practise.

    1. Hi Rach, I highly recommend making one but don't put them too close together (which I think I did) as it makes it unnecessarily difficult to get a good grip on the cap.

  3. Awesome idea! Not only great for screwing practice, nut also great for color matching!

    1. Lol, I totally forgot to mention that it makes a great colour matching activity. My next version will have more colours and more of each colour to make it a bit more tricky.

  4. This is genius. I am following you on fb and pinterest now. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!


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