1. Label Foods and School Supplies
You don’t need to buy labels or a fancy machine that makes them. Use inexpensive masking tape instead to mark food containers, sandwich bags and freezer bags before putting them in the refrigerator or freezer. You can also use masking tape to mark kids’ lunchboxes, schoolbooks and supplies that tend to go missing.
2. Make a Road for Toy Cars
Make a highway for those little toy cars that children love to play with. Just tape two strips of masking tape to a floor or tabletop. Add a little handmade cardboard stop sign or two and they’re off to the races! Carefully guiding a toy car along the taped roadway is more than just fun for small children; it also helps them improve their fine motor control, which is essential for skills they’ll need later on, such as writing.
3. Reuse a Vacuum Cleaner Bag
Save money by using a vacuum cleaner bag twice. When the bag is full, don’t empty it the usual way through the hole in the front. Instead, take out the bag and cut a slit down the middle of the back. After you empty the bag, hold the edges together, fold them closed and seal them with masking tape. Your bag is ready to be used again! (Just take care not to overfill during the second use.)