Yoghurt Pot People (The Christmas Set).

 

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While some of the crafts we do can be a bit…hit and miss (I’m looking at you, balloon crown), one that keeps on giving is yoghurt pot people – and the best part is, Freya doesn’t care if they are more on the miss side.

Our abundance of pots is a result of a breakfast-time struggle. I have tried to get her to eat many things but while we were on holiday my mum gave her a yoghurt (she had outgrown her milk intolerance by then) and ever since it is has been exactly that or nothing.

I’ll admit, I have looked at the recycling bin in despair. As part of trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I would obviously much prefer she didn’t eat something housed in plastic but you know three-year-olds, once they get something set in their heads. That. Is. It. 

I know they can be recycled but I have more of don’t create waste in the first place sort of ethos. Anyway, my dad takes some for seed pots but looking at them one day I thought ‘surely we must be able to make something with them?’ and so began our journey.

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The king and queen came first and then at Halloween we made a series of ghosts. It was all very simple, just a bit of paper stuck around the pot, add a face and a bit of decoration and bingo…hours of fun.

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Spoooooky!

Freya is only just getting to grips with scissors so I’ve been getting it all cut out and letting her glue/stick everything on but I think soon she will be able to do the cutting too.

On Friday we started a Christmas set (yes, I know it’s only November. We’ll be started Easter crafts in December at this rate). This time we got a little bit more adventurous by adding things such as a beard, pom poms and googly eyes (although couldn’t get them to stick without tape)

Freya loves making up little stories about them. The queen recently asked Father Christmas for a baby which I was slightly worried about but it turned out to be a rather strange version of the Rapunzel story. The ghost then stole the baby but Father Christmas rescued it and brought it back to the queen (phew).

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As her favourite thing is princesses at the moment, we are going to have a go at making a set loosely based on the Disney ones next.

Can you think of anything else we could use the pots for?

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11 thoughts on “Yoghurt Pot People (The Christmas Set).

  1. I love your pot people. That is really creative, Tara. I am going to steal this idea for some of my clients – ( yes, they also are children!!) It is great fine motor skills practise! And fun too. One idea for your pots. You could put some rice or such like inside and a pretty patty pan case on the other, tape it on, and you have a shaker/maraca come musical instrument.

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    1. Oooh please take some photos if you do them. I bet yours will be beautiful! Great idea with the instruments, she is very musical. Hope you’re having (or probably more like had) a great day 🙂

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  2. Oh I love these, they are so cute. The Santa one is fab! I haven’t made yoghurt pot people with Boo yet. I am going to give this a go with her!

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  3. What an amazing craft! Pot people look like hours of fun for our little ones. I’ll have to pitch the idea to my firefly. She’s always on the hunt for new crafts and we do have a surplus of empty yoghurt containers like yours. If you can find one of those tiny battery operated candles, you could turn your pot people into night lights for bedtime.
    About her breakfast routine, you could try chopping some fruit and offering it on a small bowl for her to “decorate” her yoghurt with. Once she’s hooked on the mix, you can gradually add more fruit and less yoghurt or even try and offer fruit and cereals or something else to replace it.
    By the way, Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you had a wonderful day with your family.

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    1. I love the nightlight idea. She’s very strange with solid food at breakfast, we’ve tried all sorts. I wonder if it goes back to weaning when lumps used to upset her relflux. Not sure. It’s another thing to try though. We live in the UK so don’t celebrate thanks giving but thank you for your kind wishes 🙂

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      1. How about mashed fruit, then? Like those store bought yoghurts that come with mashed fruit in the bottm… only home made.
        I know, we live in Argentina and don’t celebrate it either, but there’s so much to be thankful for.
        Glad you liked the nightlight idea. Let us know how it turned out.

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