Twist Ties – What Can You Do With Them?

If you are like me you save a lot of things – who knows maybe you can make something with it, right? Well I saved some twist ties from a box of trash bags and put them in a drawer in the laundry room. I don’t know how many months ago I did that, but I saved them.

Twist ties.

Twist ties.

The other day, two of my grandchildren were over and I wanted to find something different that they could make. Of course I wanted them to use things I had in the house. I found the twist ties in the drawer and gave them each a handful. I told them they could separate each one if they wanted to and make whatever they wanted.

C began taking them apart and then twisting them to make letters for his name. He also made a snail with them.
K decided to make a sled with his, a lizard, and a person. The boys were very creative with what they made and they were busy for at least 45 minutes.

C did his name.

C did his name.


K made a person, lizard, and a sled.

K made a person, lizard, and a sled.

What kind of things do you save?

What Can You Do With Fake Leaves and Pumpkins?

Besides using the leaves and pumpkins for decorations and sensory play, you can use them to make a game. My daughter did that a couple of weeks ago. She wanted her daughter H to practice counting and she thought a homemade game would work great.

My daughter set the leaves in an oval shape(it can be whatever shape you want). She set a few pumpkins at one part of the trail. That was the pumpkin patch. The idea was to see who could get to the pumpkin patch first. They would each take turns rolling a die to see how far they can go. She also had a few brown leaves on the trail. If you landed on a brown leaf you had to go back to the beginning. She also used playing people from another game.

H had fun playing this game and her older brothers wanted to play also. There are a variety of games that you can make with some various materials about your house. You just need to be a little creative.

These games aren’t permanent and can be changed as needed.

What kind of game can you make with leaves and pumpkins?