What Not To Toss Weekend: Busted Calculators & Remotes

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How many of you have wound up with one of those freakishly large calculators or remotes from the dollar store? Kid #2 proudly came home with the calculator version and it lasted all of a day before it cracked in half on the first drop.

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Time to toss that bad boy, huh?

Wait! Don’t toss that!

The outer shell may be toast, but the buttons can live on.

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A few left-over peel-n-stick magnet strips and scissors later …

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… we wound up with some fun, practically free frig magnets.

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And man have the kids had fun doing math problems on the frig this week.

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And while petty and childish, I’ll admit that it was fun last night to skunk my snarky nine-year-old who declared that he “pretty much knows everything about math, mom” with a simple problem using negative numbers.

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Um, Kid … –25 + 54 does not equal 1, nor is the square root of anything involved.

And so that no one’s left out, anyone without a freakishly large calculator could just buy a new one for $1 and cannibalize it to make their own, cheap magnets. A small screw driver is all you need to open it up to get the numbers out, unless of course you’d like to just drop kick it a few times instead.

Anywho …

Overly Large Gimmicky Calculator or Remote?

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It’s What Not To Toss This Weekend!

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And hey, what else could you do with calculator, remote or even keyboard keys?

Make push pins? Embellish cards? Art? Let me know.

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8 comments:

  1. Great idea! So glad to see you posting!

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  2. Best use for these ever! Welcome back to blogging awesome things.

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  3. cool... usually i just let the kids play with it - you know my 18 month old, holds the remote to her ear like it's a telephone.

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  4. Whta a great way to reuse that!

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  5. I absolutely love this idea-- so very creative! :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  6. There's got to be a way to make them into clothing buttons. Weird, and probably ugly, but it's the first thing that came to mind.

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  7. This is an awesome ideal. I would head to the dollar tree and buy a cake pan and just plop them in it and use for math practice. I love the button ideal!

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