I will admit I hate to though things away because I think to myself, what can I use this for?
When we were done with our Valentine’s Day goodies, I looked at the packaging they came in and decided to use them in our Montessori schooling after cleaning them out.
My 1 year old I gave her the 2 piece heart boxes for her to put them together (good for hand & eye coordination)
Than for my 3 year old using paint swatches from the home improvement store and a candy box with the individual candy openings, I made him a shape match, I used the paint swatches and made the shapes that match the individual openings of the inner tray.

He likes this very much, I asked him the shapes & colors as he placed each one in the proper opening.

What do you have that can be recycled to use to teach your child, doesn’t have to be a Valentine’s Day box, it can be anything — let your creative juices flow!


  1. Oh wow what a great idea! I am going to def try this out with my little one. LOL I am the same way when it comes to throwing things out. We have a “junk closet” that holds all my things like this for crafts, etc. My family makes fun of me saying I’m going to turn into one of those hoarders lol.

    My Adventures in Mommyland

  2. Great ideas!


  4. What AWESOME ideas!!!

  5. Very creative!!

  6. what great ideas! they make me hungry though!

  7. goodness – the SMARTEST thing I’ve ever seen for chocolates – besides the chocolate!!

    GREAT JOB! Thanks for linking up to THE HSV!!

  8. Those are great ideas! Thanks for taking pictures and sharing them.


  9. Very cute idea. I will pass it along.
    Visiting on the Friday hop from Edge of Escape

  10. Very good idea!

  11. What a great idea! I love reusing things for schooling.

  12. What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing!

  13. So clever and creative!

  14. Good fun learning toy!

  15. what a great idea! thanks for sharing! I love reusing items instead of just wasting them

  16. Love the shape matching in the candy box – how original! Thanks for linking to Montessori Monday. 🙂

  17. Really wonderful packaging design – some of them look almost like they’re should be like this. I am showing appreciation to you for sharing this information I am looking into these types of packaging design from a long time.

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