Instead of tossing this empty container in the trash, Kathy of Merriment Design covered it in pretty paper and punched holes in the lid. It's now a perfect sorting station for toddlers who will be mystified by the straws as they disappear into the container. It's a simple project that keeps itself contained when not in use and encourages fine motor skills and color recognition. It's easy enough for a sibling to help make for their brother or sister or a great project to tackle during nap time (even if those are few and far between).
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