This post is sponsored by NatureSweet
We all know that NatureSweet tomatoes are the best snacking tomatoes, but did you also know that the containers can be transformed into fun crafts for kids? All it takes is a little imagination (and maybe some glue) to upcyle them into little crafts that kids go crazy for!
Teach your child the value of saving money with this cute DIY piggy bank. Not only is it adorable, but the money is easy to access without breaking the bank. Simply remove the lid or dump the money out from the top.
Here’s what you’ll need
- Pink construction paper
- Glue / super glue
- Bottle cap
- Wiggle Eyes
- Pipe cleaner
Begin by drawing and cutting out two ears on pink construction paper. Draw and cut out a round circle that will become the pig’s snout. With a marker, color in two small ovals to represent the nostrils. Glue the circle onto the bottle cap. Glue the bottle cap in the middle of the container (hot glue works best). Place two wiggle eyes above the snout. lue the pig’s ears on either side of the container. Finally, wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil or your finger to create curls and attach it to the back of the container (thread it through one of the holes in the cup).
Moms hear the dreaded phrase “I’m bored” all summer long. Be prepared with an action plan! This “Bordeom Buster” drawing cup combats boredom quickly!
Have your child write down 5-10 activities they enjoy doing on small slips of paper. Fold the slips up and place them into the NatureSweet container. Next time, when your child comes to you with complaints of boredom, redirect them to the “Boredom Buster” cup. Have them draw one slip of paper out of the cup and do the activity listed. Here are some ideas to get you started, but make sure your kiddo gets to add their ideas too.
- Build a fort
- Dance to a song
- Go outside
- Play a board game
- Read a book
- Jump rope
- Draw a picture
- Write a story
- Call a friend or family member
- Make up your own game
- Make a card to send to a loved one
- Write a song
- Learn a magic trick
- Play hop-scotch
You can make drawing cups for all kinds of situations. Make chores more fun with a “Chores Cup.” Let each child pull out a chore to complete that day or that week.
How about a “Snack Attack” Cup? Put all of the week’s snack options into the NatureSweet container and let your child draw one out each day to reveal that day’s snack. Turning snack time into a game let’s you sneak in some healthier options that maybe your child wouldn’t be so enthusiastic about trying otherwise. Here are some healthy snack ideas to get you started.
- Ants on a log
- Watermelon slices
- Berry and granola parfait
- Snacking tomatoes and dip
- Fruit kabobs
- Cucumber sandwiches
- Mini veggie pizzas
- Salad on a stick
Planter or Seed Starter
NatureSweet containers make great planters for propagated plants or seed starts. There are already built-in drainage holes!
Here’s what you’ll need
- Potting soil
- Seeds or propagated plant
Begin by placing a layer of rocks in the bottom of the cup. Next, add soil. Finally, add your seed or propagated plant and watch it grow!
Continue cultivating your child’s green thumb by helping them create a mini terrarium.
Here’s what you’ll need
- Potting soil (optional depending on plant)
- Air plant or succulent
- Plastic animals or paper butterflies
To turn your NatureSweet container into a terrarium, simply fill the bottom half with gravel and/or soil, depending on your plant. We used an air plant in the terrarium pictured here, so no soil was required. However, if you are using succulents, you’ll want to add a layer of soil too. Next, decorate with plastic animals or paper butterflies. The terrarium will look great next to your NatureSweet planter!
With a little imagination, you can turn your NatureSweet containers into just about anything! The possibilities are truly endless. Here are some other options — but also encourage your child to come up with their own creations.
- Lantern – place a battery operated tea light in the bottom. Use a pipe cleaner to create a handle. Use markers or tissue paper to decorate the lantern sides.
- Firefly Catcher – Place a few twigs and leaves inside and spend the evening filling it up with lightning bugs. Keep the top NatureSweet label attached to prevent the bugs from escaping until you are ready to release them.
- Monarch Caterpillar Home – Place a single caterpillar inside with milkweed leaves, providing new milkweed leaves daily. Place cheesecloth over the top hole to prevent the caterpillar from escaping. Make sure there is a stick or two inside the container so the caterpillar can form a chrysalis when it’s ready to transform. Release the butterfly immediately.
- Gift Box – Place a small gift inside. Decorate the container with stickers, markers, or tissue paper. Glue tissue paper over the top hole. The recipient can “punch” through the hole to get to the surprise gift inside.
- Ping Pong Toss Game – Create a triangle with several NatureSweet containers. From a few feet away, toss or bounce a ping pong ball and see if you can get it into a container. For extra fun, label each container with different point values. A bouncy ball also works.
At The Produce Moms, we love fun activity sheets for the kids that you can download for FREE. In our latest activity sheet, the kids work on different math skills: addition, subtraction and identifying odds and evens.
What creative ideas do your kids have for NatureSweet tomato containers? Share your summer craft ideas in the comments below. Better yet, tag us in your creations on Instagram @theproducemoms and @naturesweet.