The other day I was reading stuff about the development of kids and toys. One specifically mentioned think about toys that aren't really toys that got me thinking. We had an empty Parmesan cheese container and my son (7 months old) found it and had a blast playing with it. So I washed it out and dried it out really well, then I put some beans that I had in the cupboard in it and glue the lid shut. Now its a shaker/toy for him and its one of his new favorite toys. It took me all of 5 minutes to put together.