There are many simple ideas that can occupy a toddler for long periods of time and today's project is a great example. An old oatmeal container is transformed with color and turned into a tantalizing toy. Plus you'll have an excuse to bust out the hole punch and buy fun bendy straws! 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).