I am always looking for new and thrifty ways to teach my kids – I admit I do not like to throw things away and my husband is the same way which can be dangerous! Finally he was going throw some boxes in our garage and was throwing stuff away! He had placed the bottom portion of a CD pack to the side. The piece that holds the re-writable CD’s in the package, then in the packaging come clear plastic discs so the CD’s do not get scratched, some also come with foam discs. I looked at & thought would could I do with that? Here’s what I made for my 2 little ones:
Materials needed: stickers, re-usable CD’s
For my baby I have the plastic spool from the completed Scotch Tape package
You can always use regular un-wanted CD’s or DVD’s too
I put stickers on the clear discs (I think there were about 24 of them)
She’s too little to slide the clear discs because the hole is smaller but the tape spools work perfectly!
My toddler likes to thread the discs & spools on!
He will sit and put them on & off like 5 times over and over!
Don’t throw your CD packaging away – make your own stacking toy – great for dexterity!


  1. great idea!! Good way to use old/free cds too!

  2. I wonder if spools of thread would be too narrow.

  3. I really like this post!
    What a great activity for little ones!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. What an awsome ideaaa!!, Good for the enviroment and your pocket!! Nice!! Thanks for Sharing!

  5. I LOVE it! Great idea!!

  6. Great idea!

  7. Great toy! Love this idea 🙂

  8. Very creative. Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a neat idea! Love it… and the pictures too! 🙂

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  11. What a great post! I love that you used what you had! 🙂

  12. Thanks for linking up to Montessori Monday. I love this idea; it’s so creative! Looking forward to exploring the rest of your blog. 🙂 Would you mind placing the Montessori Monday button or a link back to my blog’s post in this post? I’d hate for your readers to miss out on all the wonderful activities that other participants have posted – thanks so much!

  13. Such a clever idea! This would be perfect for my little guy! Love the recycled materials. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  14. Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays! What an interesting and thrifty idea! I hope you’ll join me again next week for another fantastic party! Have a great week!

  15. What a great frugal idea! Following you back from Hip Homeschool Hop!

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