When E picked out his lunchbox at the start of this past school year, we were quite sure it wouldn't make it a month. The cheap plastic would never stand the wear and tear and abuse from our 7 year old 2nd grader. When E came home the last day with his lunch box still in tact, it was nothing short of a miracle (slight exaggeration).
"Wow E, your lunchbox survived the year!"
"Do I get a prize Mom?"
"Yes, you get to use it again next year."
I still struggle to part with some things because I don't like to be wasteful, so I re-purposed E's lunchbox into a case for his Nintendo DS and all its belongings.
The label on the lunchbox had already peeled off several weeks ago, so really, there was little preparation for this project and it took probably a total of 5 minutes.
I let E pick out some paper he liked, cut it to size and glued it onto the lunchbox.
I added some stickers.
And filled it with the D.S and all its paraphernalia.
Of course E is quite pleased with the finished project because now he can easily transport his gaming supplies wherever he goes.