2/24/10

Before/After: Tater Box Turned Clothesasaurus

Before

After
I found an old tater box at a local thrift store and thought it would work nicely as a laundry hamper for Sebastian. I lightly sanded the box, took off the hardware, and painted it with two layers of blue paint before adding the face and thought bubble.


It's one of the ways I'm hoping to teach Sebastian how to take care of his space. We've named it the Clothesasaurus and told him to put all his dirty clothes into the dinosaur's belly because he's always hungry. Then we explained how we'd take them out once he was full and wash them before hanging them back up. I think he's game!

My next project is a fun chore chart. Polaroids anyone?

What are some ways you've made chores fun? Do you offer rewards or praise? Make a game out of it? Sing songs?

xoxo,
Rachel

73 comments:

Blythe Habit said...

Awesome!

Caitlin said...

Such a fantastic idea. I didn't know they made boxes specifically for taters and onions! haha.

miss james said...

that is too cute rachel!
<3

Lovely Little Nest said...

Oooh that is a wonderful idea!! Maybe I'd be more inclined to do the laundry if I made one of those for myself! lol

sarah bear said...

super adorable...absolutely ♥ it!

Laura Reaux said...

Cute! Really original idea. m&m's are a good motivator for my kids to do their chores. ;) I do want to make some sort of chart for the new house though (we used a fridge dry-erase chart before)

sfgirlbybay said...

that is so cute, and so clever. like i said, you're a good mom. what a fun way to teach kids!

Jessica said...

That's absolutely adorable and what a great idea! We never had anything other than allowance to keep me and my brother working on our chores, so I say go for anything you can to make it fun at his age : )

Maybe some sort of jar that he gets to take something out of each time he completes a chore... like a puzzle piece or something to complete a larger artwork or goal? That might be cute and fun.

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

Ack!! That is SOOO cute Rachel! I'm so showing this to my cousin. She has 3 boys. :)

Ashley said...

That's so cute! I would have loved a clothesasaurus when I was younger. I could love one now! :)

When my brother and I were younger, my mom had us play 'Beat the Clock' to clean our rooms. She'd give us an item to pick up, like shoes, and then we would each have to pick up all of our shoes before the timer went off. She'd then give us another item and so on. I don't know if he's old enough for that yet but I remember that it was actually fun to clean when trying to 'beat the clock'!

Elsie Flannigan said...

whoa!!! this is so cute!

Kasia said...

awesome! i love it <3

ails said...

You're super creative Rachel! You're my Idol Mom in blogworld! ^_^

I don't have kids yet so i haven't experienced assigning chores yet. but i remember my mom giving us praises when we do our chores. ^_^

Jenna said...

we totally need a clothesasaurus in our house! my kids must think the floor is hungry all the time! we have a sticker chart for chores, behaviors, etc. and when the line for a particular chore/behavior is full, they get a special treat. could be candy, could be a small toy, or a special playdate. and when the entire chart is full they get a big special treat like going to nasty "chuckin' cheeses". we have 3 stickers left to go before i have to see that mouse. i get the heebie jeebies just thinking about that place. they sanitize there right?

shopaholic221 said...

I am absolutely in love with this!!
xoxo
Taylor

Rachel M said...

I love this idea! And it looks so cute too! :)

...Judith said...

~AWESOME~, And it's a good idea!
I love it!

X.Judith ^Hartje-Bloem^

Meg said...

That is so cool! Great idea!!!

Sophie said...

cool!

Anna said...

Rachel...what a fantastic job youve done on transforming that potato box...brilliant idea...you should feel so very proud of yourself..top skills!!

Kerry said...

WOW what a fantastic idea.

joyfullyC said...

hey Rachel, clothesasaurus is just too cute! a great idea too!

I'm not a mom yet but i'm a preschool teacher. I have a jar of popcorn kernels in my classroom. When the kids are good, or completes a task, they will get to scoop a tablespoonful of popcorn kernels into the popcorn bowl. When the bowl is full, we will have a popcorn party! The kids just love watching popcorns popping out of the hot air popcorn machine!

This really constantly encourages good behaviour in kids!

Clare said...

I always see these at flea markets and wonder what I could use them for... now I know!

katie said...

genius!! seriously.

DeAndra said...

That's super cute!

geek details said...

That's so cute! I must confess... I never tried to make cleaning fun. Cleaning is what you do because it's expected of you and we all have to do it so the house doesn't look disgusting.

I do try to stay within their age group when assigning chores but I think that's about it. I don't give specific rewards but don't ask to play on the computer or the wii if your room is disgusting.

Lacey said...

I love this idea. So cute!

Jingle said...

Holy, freaking adorableness, Batman! I love it!!! What a great idea!

threesixfive said...

I LOVE this idea!! I grew up with a tater bin like this and it is still in use at my parents. When I have kids I would love to snag it for this purpose though...too cute :)

Kim said...

GREAT IDEA!!!

Ella Press said...

That is really cute, and I'd love to have it in MY room! LOL

Big Yellow Dog said...

Holy cow, what a cute idea! We're hoping to do similar things with our son. I don't know if you're into Montessori, but you should check out the book "How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way." There are tons of great practical ideas for teaching a child to care for their environment. I work in a Montessori preschool and each child does chores after lunch and they LOVE it! We don't really make it fun, but they get so much satisfaction after they've made their area beautiful. Lots of time, they'll go beyond what they are supposed to and run up to me and say "Look how beautiful I made it!".
Margaret

mrs.adrienneK said...

perfect!

courtney.janelle.sews said...

this is the best! you are such a clever momma.

(side note- of course being the fabric hound I am, I immediately read "clothesaurus" and thought of a place to stash scraps.....there didn't happen to be a second tater box at this 'local thrift store' did there?? lol!)

Good Girls Studio said...

Fantastically clever super mom!

Erin said...

so cute! i bet he loves it.

HazeWea said...

What an awesome idea!!

marybethb said...

that's adorable!

Emily said...

sooo cute! I love this idea!

~Emily

Anna Joy said...

That is amazing!

labeck said...

Very, very cute!! As for a chore chart, check out this adorable chart.

You can download it free here (not my blog): http://www.modecokids.com/index.php/2009/10/21/free-printable-chore-chart-for-kids/

Brad Reynolds said...

My grandfather used to make these! they make great trash can hiders as well.

piccola samurai said...

I love it! Awesome idea! The colours are perfect!

Vanessa said...

absolutely precious!

Soraia said...

i'm in love with this guy! what an awesome idea! you're the coolest mom i know!!

elise said...

my almost 3 year old Leland just walked over and said he "needed" one of those:O)
looks awesome!

...on the brink of something beautiful said...

this is soo adorable, i want one!! haha
-kellie

dust in the wind said...

Way too cute! I love it.

Ashley Ann said...

CUTE!

My son pretends his lame wicker hamper is a hungry monster all the time. The monster even says "Thank you" after Felix feeds him some dirty little boy underwear. haha!

I also remember those tater boxes from when I was little. I'd totally dig having one. I better start keeping my eyes peeled!

Can't wait for your chore chart. I need to make one for our family, but I think I'll wait and see what yours looks like first! :D

Sara said...

the only thing missing is little t-rex arms :) This is so cute and I love the fun colors. As for chores...? The only fun I remember was racing my mom in bed-making. It caused lot's of giggles and two mostly well made beds.

stevenhaddox said...

Oh my gosh this is amazing! I want one for myself and Katie! Maybe it'll help us do laundry too! I absolutely love this.

Roxanne said...

that is adorable! i want a dinosaur to eat my laundry (and prefferably wash and it and fold it too).

Geek+Nerd said...

That's really awesome, but can I just say, I am psyched to learn that there is such a thing as a tater box?

pamela said...

you are so cool! i linked to your blog the other day and put a widget on my page! i know you have a ton of followers, but more people need to see your wonderful blog. thanks for the ideas and inspiration!

Kara said...

That is darling! Great motivator to stay clean :)

kat-fit said...

that is such a cute idea!
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Toni Brockliss said...

Gosh I think this is just gorgeous! I love it!
x

Allyson said...

that's such a cute idea!
I've always been a very chart-y person so when I was little, my mom had a chart of chores that I needed to do for the day/week. But instead of just a list, it also had the reward (that changed a lot) that came with finishing. For example, chores that had to be done everyday (cleaning room, making bed) were rewarded by something small like getting to eat the veggie I liked instead of the nasty veggie that "is good for me" for dinner. Bigger chores that were only once a week got bigger rewards like getting to stay up 20 minutes extra or getting to rent a movie, etc. If I wanted to though, I could "save" points and get something bigger. Three weeks of chores saved up would get rewarded by going somewhere like Lynn Meadows (which was our learning center in Gulfport). Mom would write on the board (once I learned to read) what I was working for that week.
She also tried not to reward with food too much- I like that (now.. then though I would have preferred the ice cream cone)And I don't think I ever got paid an allowance.

buffy sunshine said...

yay for chores! we do a "beat the clock" game and i time my kids to see how fast they can pick up clothes or toys. we also have a chart. it has "gotta do it" chores (that you gotta do... even if you don't get a prize). like plate in sink, shoes in the shoe place etc. and then we have extra chores. they earn happy faces for each one during the week (making bed, help sweep crumbs, folding and putting away laundry etc.) i do it all on a huge chalkboard. happy longest comment ever!

:) erin said...

Love that clothes monster! I use the pickup fairy in my house. I just talked about it on my blog.
xo

OIJOY PHOTO - the blog said...

oh my...great idea and so cute, love your blog

Elizabeth said...

that's adorable! love how the box already sort of had a face on it, what a cool idea.

danYelle said...

es fantastic! way better than any hamper i ever had :) what a great vision for a potato bin!

JessieB said...

sweet paint job. great idea.

Indie Business 2.0 said...

i really love this!! :) your tutorials are always so awesome!

Rach H said...

super fun!!

starsanderin said...

Really cool

alyssa johns said...

So cute.

Cat said...

AMAZING!!! My mom used to have one of those potato bins. It looks much better as a dinosaur...

CREATEaTHOUGHT said...

Rachel that is absolutely ADORABLE!

ampm said...

What a great upcycle project! Very, very cute.

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Heidi Maxwell said...

Very cute. I want one for my potatoes!!! We have the Ziggy Marley Family Time CD (awesome, BTW) - and there is a poem on it called Helping Hands that my daughter loves. Whenever we want her to hep we ask for her helping hands and she's usually game!