We just got back from our “unplugging” vacation in the mountains. (I’ll have details about our trip and suggestions for traveling with Littles in the mountains coming soon!) We rented a “little tiny house” (as it was labeled by the Monkey) that allowed us to have a base for travels and a place to cook. Each day we headed out for family adventures and had to stock up on activities and snacks for our day trips. For the Peanut, we packed Gerber’s Lil’ Beanies, in their super portable, resealable container. Once we finished the first package of them, I decided to turn it into a personalized, decoupaged crayon container. It was just the right size for the jumbo crayons, and a great travel size as well.
Gerber’s Lil’ Beanies is a new product in the Gerber toddler food line that we found at our local Walmart, but they are also available at other major retailers. Lil’ Beanies are the first bean-based snack and are made from the goodness of navy beans to deliver 2 grams of protein (9% Daily Value), 1 gram of fiber and 10% Daily Value of Vitamin E per serving. They are baked, not made with genetically engineered ingredients, and is naturally flavored, and come in 2 flavors, Original and White Cheddar & Broccoli.
Once your toddler has made it through the first container of Lil’ Beanies, you are all set to make a decoupaged crayon container with the tin! All you need is scrapbook paper, or if you have comics (or a comic book) laying around, you are set. Just rip the papers up, and decoupage them onto the tin in a random pattern. I used Mod Podge Gloss decoupage glue to adhere mine to the tin.
I also took a letter for the Peanut that I picked up at my local craft store, and decorated it with complementary washi tape, and coated it with another coat of Mod Podge.
I adhered the “J” with craft glue dots, and filled the container with the jumbo “triangular” crayons because they roll less and are better for traveling.
The size of the Gerber Lil’ Beanies container, and the rate at which my kiddos are eating the tiny bean puffs means that it’s likely that we’ll have a lot more containers to decorate and turn into fun, reusable containers.
Now when we travel more this summer, we’ll be sure to toss the tin of crayons into our car along with a pad of paper, and another container of Lil’ Beanies, and we’ll be all set for summer adventures with the perfect travel snack food for my toddlers.