Laura, the blogger and educator behind Smallgood Hearth, is doing some pretty fantastic things with empty Altoids tins. The latest additions to her altered Altoids tins project include a mini solar system and a disabilities awareness tin. The solar system box comes complete with a mnemonic device for remembering the order of the planets and a fact card for each. She is still finishing up the disabilities awareness tin, but, when it’s done, it will feature seed bead braille, an example of a color blindness test made out of fusible beads, a mirror with information on lip reading, and some sign language cards. (In her post, she indicates that her tins can’t be all-inclusive, but they’re a great tool for starting conversations.)
When I was younger, I loved mini kits and fact boxes, so I think Altoids tins are the perfect place to stash little bits of knowledge in places where kids can discover and interact with them. What a great upcycling idea!