Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fun with Bottle Caps!

Good evening!  I hope all of you are having a fabulous week so far.  I'm officially sick of rain.  I have a beautiful crystal clear swimming pool in my backyard, but it won't stop raining!  I'm becoming cranky and grumpy.  Hopefully I'll be able to soak up some rays tomorrow and get back to some trashy romance novels.  I have my priorities, right?  Ha!

I'm babysitting for my friend who is Florida this week. Her doggy, Fletcher, is PRECIOUS and is Bella's boyfriend.  They wake me nightly chasing each other around the kitchen table.  This was my view as I ate dinner tonight.

They look like they are STARVING, don't they?  Haha!
About a month before school let out, I noticed my kiddos were throwing lots of water bottle lids away.  I let them have water bottles at their seats because our classroom is honestly about a football field away from the restroom/water fountain.  I saw a pin using bottle caps and had the kiddies (and their parents) start saving for me.  Unfortunately I didn't apparently pin that pin so my brain flat-lined on what to with them.  Oh, bless me...

This was my water bottlecap booty before.

My first project I decided to do with the caps was a making words activity.  I cleaned the caps and then applied 3 sets of alphabet stickers.  I wanted to be sure we had plenty of letters.  Then I Modge Podged the stickers on so my little darlings won't be able to peel off the stickers.

This is how they turned out!
This is how the sheet will be used.

Here is the sheet if you'd like to use it! I know it's not lined up perfectly.  My first graders won't care!  Mostly I'm very particular, but not tonight it seems.  C'est la vie! Click the pic to download (if Google Docs is cooperating).

I had plenty of caps left over so I decided to use them to help my firsties practice their numbers.  Several had much trouble this year identifying numbers after 50 and especially after 100.  I just wrote the numbers on with a sharpie and then Modge Podged over the number to prevent rubbing off.  The idea is that they should be able to put the caps on this chart in order and then write them on another chart.  

I'm very frustrated with this chart.  It needs to be a bit bigger for the caps to fit perfectly, but I absolutely could NOT get the boxes any bigger. I took the margins away.  I tried it in Word and in PowerPoint.  Grr!! I'm sorry!  I will take this to school and slightly blow it up before I laminate these.  Give me some tips if you know how I could have made them bigger.  I hope you can use it anyhow!  Click the pic for the Google Doc.  I hope it works..Google Docs has not been nice to me tonight!

All in all, I had a very productive day!  I didn't even nap today!  Haha!

Are you working on any projects?  

Much love,


  1. I also have a TON of water bottle caps! I put little circle stickers then just wrote the letters. (Consonants in black and vowels and red.) I have my students use them with "finding words" activities. It gives them letters to manipulate. Thanks for sharing your ideas! I like the idea of using it for math too :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  2. Great ideas for word work.

    I blogged about my bottle cap math ideas last year if you want more ideas.


    Yearn to Learn Blog

  3. Clever ideas!!!! I'm working on about 5 different projects at the moment. LOL It rained here in PA ALL day and I had 4 boys in my house... needless to say, no naps for me either!

  4. How about making it work over a 2 paged area? Just join them at the seem. That way you would have room to decorate it as a board game or something.

    The Paper Maid

  5. How genius!


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
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  6. Great ideas with the bottle caps. I met with a kinder teacher yesterday and we are going to have the kids start collecting them the first day of school to help us out!

  7. There is so much to do with bottle caps!! I love the sparkly letter stickers that you mod podged on the caps. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. Ooo I like this idea! I am going to add it as a word work center next year! And it's been raining a lot here too and my poor little puppy is not a fan of it.

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  9. Thank younger sharing this, my hubby was trying to collect bottle caps for me but then it became a pain. I will be asking him to set them aside again!


  10. Love these ideas!! I am your newest follower. I would love to have you stop by mine sometime.



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