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18 Fun and Creative Ideas for Old Socks

Old Socks
Now that Memorial Day is squarely in our rear-view mirrors, it’s safe to say that summer is upon us.  Here in the Midwest, the hot weather is getting a little bit of a late start, but we’re assured that it’s coming (it always does here).  As things begin to heat up for all of us, we’ll be trading in our warm, snuggly socks for the wonderful feeling of bare toes, sandal feet and flip flops.

At SmartKnitKIDS, we think this is the perfect time to tidy up our sock drawers!  I like to go through all my socks and weed out the ones that have worn out, have small (or even large) holes, or the ones that I just plain don’t like.  And since I really hate to be wasteful, I now have a pile of socks ready to be recycled into other things.  Our team came up with a great list of uses for old socks, which will totally keep us busy all summer.

Here are 18 Fun and Creative Ideas for Old Socks:

  1. Dust Cloths – No need to buy expensive microfiber dusting cloths when an old sock works just as well. Better yet, it’s a perfect way to get your kids to help out with the chores around the house.  Just put some socks on their hands and put them to work dusting!  The best thing is you can throw them in the wash for easy clean up.
  2. Hard-to-Reach Cleaning Stick – On the dusting note, you can use a ruler or yard stick and slip a sock over one end. Secure it with a rubber band and you’re in business.  This handy tool can clean under stoves and refrigerator.  Or ceiling fans!
  3. Vacuum Tool – Another great cleaning tip is to slip a sock on the end of a vacuum hose. Attach a rubber band to keep it in place.  This works great for picking up dropped items like screws, bolts or thumb tacks.
  4. Garden Soap – Slide a bar of soap into the bottom of an old sock. Tie a knot to keep the soap in place.  Tie the long end to a garden faucet.  Now you have easy soap and water for washing your hands out in the garden.
  5. Windshield Wiper Covers – Hopefully, the snow and ice are a long way off, but you can be ready for when Old Man Winter reappears. Keep a pair of old socks in your glove box.  Whenever you’re parked outside and the forecast calls for ice or frost, slip the socks over your windshield wipers.  It will keep the ice off the wipers and you’ll have an easier time getting your car ready to drive.
  6. Packing Materials – You can use your old socks to help pack breakables for a move. They work well for drinking glasses by putting a glass inside the sock and stuffing the excess inside the glass.
  7. Potpourri Bundle – Stuff potpourri inside a sock and secure with a rubber band. They can be used in your drawers to keep your clothes smelling fresh or put them inside stinky shoes when not wearing them.
  8. Crafts for Kids and Adults – The possibilities are endless here. They make great sock puppets, for one.  Pinterest is chalk full of great ideas for sock crafting.
  9. First Aid Pack – Slide an ice pack inside a sock. This will make using an ice pack on sore muscles or bruises more comfortable.
  10. Hot Pack – Fill an old sock with dried beans or rice and tie the end. Microwave for 30 seconds and use on sore muscles for pain relief.
  11. Hair Curlers – I remember doing this as a little girl! Roll your damp hair up in old socks and tie them in a knot to secure.  After your hair dries, you’ll have a head full of beautiful curls.
  12. Hair Ponytail Bands – Cut across the sock to make a ring of fabric. Each sock will make several fabric hair bands.
  13. Ball Storage – Use old socks to store golf or tennis balls. They can be tied to your golf or tennis bag for easy access.
  14. Golf Club Covers – Slip a sock over your golf clubs to keep them protected during travel.
  15. Cat Nip Toy – Fill an old sock with catnip, secure with a rubber band and let your cats go wild!
  16. Dog Tug o’War Toy – Tie knots in a sock and you instantly have hours of entertainment for you dog. Just let him grab on and pull!
  17. Pet Leg Warmers – Keep some socks around for next winter. Slip them on your dog’s feet for walking your dog in the snow and ice.  They also keep dogs’ and cats’ legs warm inside if your house is a little drafty.
  18. Bird Feeders – Cut a sock in half so that it makes one long piece of fabric. Sew the end together in a hammock shape and fill with birdseed.  Hang it from a tree in your yard and watch the birds flock to it.

Do you have any other ideas for old socks?  We encourage you to clear out your drawers and get creative.  In the meantime, it’s the perfect time to stock up for next fall with your SmartKnitKIDS socks.  We’re running a three-day sale – 20% off all SmartKnitKIDS and BigKids socks.  Use coupon code Kickoff20.  Sale ends Friday, May 29th at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

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Winter doldrums? Try these indoor activities

Brrrrr! Bugsley, it’s cold outside! We’re not done with winter yet, so it’s time to get creative with the indoor activities – especially for the kiddos! Here are some of our favorite ideas to beat back the winter doldrums.

Marshmallow Pretzel Tinker Toys – Grab a bag of mini marshmallows and a bag of pretzel sticks and see how many great creations you can make by connecting the pretzels with marshmallows. They make a yummy afternoon snack, too.

Baking Project – Let the kiddos help with a baking project. I find that making muffins out of a box is an easy task for little ones. They’ll feel helpful stirring and filling up the muffin cups. And, they’ll enjoy eating something they helped to make for breakfast the next morning. Blueberry muffins are Bugsley’s favorites. What are yours?

Shape Matching – Hold two craft sticks together on a hard surface and help your child to draw different shapes evenly over the two sticks. Make several sets each one with a different shape. Then mix them up and let your child work to match up the shapes.

Bingo – Make a Bingo game using fun things that your child relates to. Put pictures in each of the squares and put the same pictures on pieces of cardstock. Take turns drawing the cardstock pieces out of a bowl and working toward a bingo. Ideas for pictures can be anything, such as family member photos, animals, characters from your child’s favorite movie, colors, etc.

Sensory Learning Stations – Set up several bowls along a table. Fill each bowl with a different item (rice, dried beans, macaroni noodles, smooth beads, fuzzy craft pompons, play sand, buttons, etc.) Bury some coins in each of the bowls and let kids dig through the different textured items to find them.

I Spy – Play I Spy with the kiddos. Mix it up by moving around from room to room. Or even better, use pages out of your child’s favorite books.

Have an Indoor Picnic – Make a few sandwiches and package them up. Lay them out, along with picnic friendly foods like fruit cups, juice pouches, raisins, string cheese, cracker packages, etc. Let the kids pack the picnic basket with your picnic lunch. Don’t forget the blanket! Then let the kids choose the “perfect” spot to set up the picnic blanket.

Sugar Cookie Art Palettes – Buy a tube of sugar cookie dough and make to package instructions. Then let the kids decorate the cookies with colorful toppings. You can use frosting or jam as a base to help everything stick to the cookies. Let the kids “paint” the cookies with the frosting, jam, peanut butter or Nutella. Then they can decorate with dyed coconut, candy pieces, raisins, cheerios, Chinese noodles, fruit snacks, dried fruit, etc. Voila!

Remember, that all kids are different. Choose indoor activities that you know your child will tolerate and enjoy!

10 Spring Sensory Ideas for KIDS!

Spring is finally here and it’s time to break out the themed sensory play! Here are our top 10 picks for best Spring Sensory Ideas for KIDS!

1) Sensory Boards for Babies and Toddlers  (from Fun at Home with the Kids)

2) Rice Sensory Bins (from Powerful Mothering)

3) Bubbling Concoctions (from Growing a Jeweled Rose)

4) Rainbow Art Shaving Cream (from Nurture Store)

5) Rainbow Crystals (from Two-Daloo)

6) Play Dough (from Tinkerlab)

7) Glitter Slime (from 36th Avenue)

8) Bug Sensory Bin (from Little Bins for Little Hands)

9) Ocean Sensory Tub (from No Time For Flash Cards)

10) Garden Sensory Bin (from Mess for Less)

Which activity are you excited to try with your little one(s) first? Leave a comment below!

Things Moms Like

I love socks. I would live in a big, comfy sock if I could. Better yet, a city made of socks. (It would be so soft. No more scrapped knees when I fall) That’s why I like SmartKnitKIDS socks so much; they’re so comfy and they don’t bother my toes. I know many of you may not believe me when I enthusiastically go on about SmartKnitKIDS socks. I wanted to share a great review of the socks written by Things Moms Like. It’s great website that reviews products, sponsors giveaways, and writes about life. Check out their wonderful review of SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Socks for kids who hate sock seams.
http://thingsmomslike.com/2009/07/28/smartknit-kids-seamless-sensitivity-socks-back-to-school-giveaway-814/#respond

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Bugsley