Things We Do After Nap :: Cans and Clothespins

One of our new "after nap" activities involves a couple of cans and some clothespins. Like any container, Silas likes putting things in and out of them (endlessly!), but the cans are nice because they are deep enough that he has to reach inside to get an item. We practice dropping and dumping and counting. The old school clothespins (the ones without the spring) fit perfectly on the edge of the can where he can snatch them up. Play lasts for a good 15 minutes. After that, he starts to get creative and initiates new ways to play. He discovered that the ridges on the outside of the can make a cool noise if he rubs a clothespin along them. He found out that the can rolls across the floor and was delighted to chase it down the hallway. And of course, chewing on clothespins is always fun.

Linking up with Meg of Sew Liberated.


  1. It looks like he is having the best time!

  2. So sweet and fun. Looks like a fun afternoon activity :)

  3. i love the jammies! so cute! my grandkidlets love to hang up clothes with me~ mostly because they love the clothes pins~ their grampy made them their own"just their size" clothesline and they have their own basket & pins~



  4. what cute giraffe pants! funny how babies are entertained by the simplest things, right? Yet, there is a crazy market out there for fancy fancy toys.

  5. Ahh, this reminds me of the good old days when kids had an imagination and made toys out of whatever they could find. I can't tell you how many times I ran around in the backyard with veils of sheer curtains! My grandmother had a trunk in the shed that was free rein for all the grandkids. It was so perfect.

    Lookin' quite dapper in that giraffe suit!!


  6. I miss this with my kids! I used to cut a slot in the plastic top of an oatmeal or yogurt container and let them drop pom poms or bottle tops into the hole.