If you've got a school-age kid at home, you're no doubt familiar with the latest collectible craze: Silly Bandz. These shaped silicone bracelets are hot on the playground and in birthday party goody bags (and as Easter egg fillers!). Shawn's found a way to repurpose the inevitable extras floating around the house:
At my house, Silly Bands don't stand much of a chance. Those found on the floor head straight for the trash can – no mercy. But then I discovered that they are a great way to reduce dirty dishes!
We have a water station set up at our house so people can help themselves to a drink. It's a simple tray with a medium-sized pitcher of water and a few 8oz glasses. My daughters are really good at serving themselves with clean each time they get a drink. Too good, in fact — my dishwasher's top rack can attest to that.
Enter the re-purposed Silly Band. Simply color code the glasses with a Silly Band and each child can re-use her glass a few times, knowing that the yellow-banded glass is hers. And the Silly Bands do fine in the dishwasher if you happen to leave them on.
I've heard of families who color code everything, from socks to toys to clothes, so kids can identify what's theirs (and what's their responsibility to put away).
Silly Bands make decent rubber band replacements if you don't need much stretch. Because they are silicone, I'm thinking they'd work well as laundry sock holders (so socks stay together in the washer and dryer).
Who else has a good use for Silly Bands?