Single-serve Danino yogurt cups as toddler bowls
From what I can tell, Danino yogurt is only available in Canada. If so, Canadian readers: this one's for you! (But I've got a universal "Talk amongst yourselves: at the end of this post.)
My hack is a small one, but I've found it quite useful, so maybe others would benefit from it. It involves the use of the containers that Danino yogurt comes in (for those unfamiliar with Danino, it is a yogurt made by Danone that contains Omega 3 and is also smooth - i.e. no chunks of fruit in it, making it safe to feed even to very young kids). Unlike every other yogurt I've ever seen, Danino comes in containers that are nearly twice as wide as they are high; they are also very sturdy - made of the same type of plastic that margarine tubs, for example, are made of. Both of these properties combine to make the containers perfect for holding all sorts of dips, like ranch dressing for carrots, sweet & sour sauce for chicken nuggets, caramel for apple slices, etc.
Even if you don't want to re-use the containers, they are also recyclable, something which can't be said for all yogurt containers. Here in London, Ontario, for example, these are actually the ONLY yogurt containers I've found that are recyclable here; and with a preschooler that loves yogurt, we have been through quite a few different types of yogurt before finally discovering Danino, which has been his favourite for over a year now.
And a follow-up!
Danino yogurt cups are even more useful than I initially thought. They work great as little "bowls" for single servings of just about anything. I used them to serve ice cream for my kids (aged 3 and 11) yesterday; the younger one cracked up laughing when he saw ice cream in a yogurt cup, and the older one said that I should do this all the time. It seems that the idea was so fun that no one noticed they only got about half the amount of ice cream that I would normally serve in a bowl. ;)
We talked a while back about using pimento jars and toddler drinking glasses. Any other good container re-use suggestions?