Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tracing Bottle Caps and Lids to Make an Outline Matching Activity/Puzzle

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We have a huge lid and bottle cap collection that we play with often and in so many different ways. This was one of our newest activities where I simply traced them in different ways onto many different sheets of paper, so the boys could match them up with their outlines. I did many simple patterns for my youngest (almost 2) and some more difficult ones for my oldest (almost 5).  I traced them on cardstock to make them sturdier so we could save them, but i'll eventually get them laminated as well. This activity was a huge hit with both boys, and it was a great way to demonstrate and talk about circles, colors, counting, big/medium/small, as well as working on fine motor skills! It's also great to use as a busy bag!



I started with a few super simple ones for Little B. 






To keep it more simple for B, I gave him the lids/caps that matched each card. 
It was a great way to work on BIG/LITTLE. 
I was SO surprised at how precise he was putting the lids exactly within the circles they belonged!






And on this one we worked on BIG/MEDIUM/SMALL, 
as well as counting the number of circles and lids. 





Lots of my lids were the same size, but different colors, 
which made it more visually interesting. 












I made a few more difficult patters for L, 
and then I also just gave him the whole collection for him to sort through to look for the best fit to match. 




This one was the grand finale for my oldest!


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7 comments:

  1. Great idea! I love that it is easy to do and can be enjoyed by both toddlers and preschoolers. We will be doing this for sure. :)

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    1. Thank you Ann! Yes, super easy to do :)

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  2. Wow! This is so simple to put together and I have a stash of bottle caps I have been saving for sometime :) I really wanted to work with the "medium" word - this will definitely help him understand.

    Thank you for the fab ideas. Will be trying this very soon.

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  3. It's actually not as easy matching as it seems when you have caps that are close in size, Is there a reason you would add any other shapes like keys?

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  4. I am a huge bottle top fan, always looking for crafts and ideas. This is such a simple, yet super idea for using bottle tops. Love it!

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  5. Saw this post earlier this summer and started saving lids and caps, crazy how they add up fast! Now that we have plenty, I did this activity today with my 2 and 4 year old. As I was tracing all the different lids/caps I had, I realized another way I could make it easier, especially with caps that are similar in size, was to trace in a marker the color of the lid, I used black for white lids. Anyway, it was great and sure kept us busy for awhile. My 4 year old wanted to make her own, so she spent a lot of time tracing, or at least attempting to trace, all the lids too. Thanks!

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