Thursday, June 14, 2012
Exploration with Bottle Caps and Lids
I took out some playdough and joined them in their exploration. They enjoyed making playdough impressions usuing the various caps:
I played with stacking the caps and the girls soon followed my lead:
They enjoyed forming different shapes with the smaller lids:
We even made The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and a funny man:
I incorporated some math activities into our playing, like putting a certain quantity of caps in my hand and asking them how many I had. I also put the caps in different groups and asked them which group had more/less (which went perfectly with a Dinosaur Train game we played earlier on PBSKidsPlay.com involving collections of objects). The girls discovered that they could put the caps on their fingers:
This turned into a math learning opportunity as well ("How many caps do you have? How many of each color? What happens if we take one away?").
Who would have thought that a couple bottle caps that we would have typically thrown away could produce so much fun and learning for kids?