I’m a coffee drinker. A few months ago I began buying flavoured coffee creamer as an occasional treat. After I emptied the first container I rinsed it out and went to put it in the recycling bin but I hesitated. I like to use sturdy empty containers from familiar products for ‘readable’ toys in the housekeeping area.
This container was sturdy but I wasn’t sure if the children would be familiar with the product. I decided to add it to the collection of ‘food’ on the shelf and see what they did with it. It was an instant hit but not for the reason I expected.
Even after washing it out this container retains the aroma of the flavoured cream. The children noticed immediately. ‘Smell this’ was heard often and having only one container was becoming an issue so I had to buy more. Vanilla Toffee, Mocha Almond Fudge, Carmel Macciato, and my personal favourite, Chocolate Mint. MMmmm.
Then one day while several of the children were building with blocks one of them farted. While most of the children groaned and covered their noses one ingenious child ran to the housekeeping area and grabbed a creamer container. The other children followed.
They had found the ‘cure for the stink bomb’.
These containers have never been used during dramatic play in a coffee shop or restaurant but they are used almost daily as gas masks. Once one of the children sends out the alarm the others all rush to get a container, open it and hold it under their nose until the threat is over. They have the solution.