Item of the week: Supply Containers

 I have a confession to make. Sometimes I buy things solely for the container, I know! There was a crazy sale on bird suet cakes, I bought a dozen. Sure, I'll have some appreciative avian friends come winter but I also own these clear containers to put colorful things in. Win. Win.

Fill these with invitations to play or offer up collage materials for your next project.

Fill these with invitations to play or offer up collage materials for your next project.

Thankfully, I have a roasted seaweed loving nine year old. Our favorite seaweed (Trader Joe's) comes in these rectangle receptacles that are great for paintbrush rinsing. 

Don't get me started on the Mochi containers from Trader Joe's. Just don't.

Time for a seaweed-mochi treat!

Time for a seaweed-mochi treat!

My kids never did put their toys back in the Melissa and Doug wooden trays or maybe they would have if I hadn't turned them onto these:

Nature collection boxes can inspire art making and open ended play. 

Nature collection boxes can inspire art making and open ended play. 

I wish I had hoarded the innovative little food containers that I encountered while traveling in Japan. Oh, the things I could use those for.......Is an art supply container sourcing trip through Europe considered a business expense? CPA Fred can chime in on that one. Happy reusing, recycling and repurposing!