It’s been awhile between posts, a busy toddler will do that to you! We have been very busy using bottle tops, they can be used in many ways for a variety of learning opportunities.

Making ‘groups of’.

It’s never too early to start introducing mathematical language. Making groups is not only introducing multiplication but it is also a great way to introduce little ones to the idea of division through equal sharing. To start, I asked Carter how many groups he would like to make. We drew circles to represent the groups (e.g 2) and I then prompted him to put an equal amount of lids in each circle. If he placed three in each, I would then scribe the sentence 2 groups of 3. We would count each group to ensure they both had three lids in each and then to extend the learning we would add the groups together to get a total amount. There’s many concepts involved with this activity, so lots of repetition is the key and I would suggest starting with one group and building from there.

Patterns.

Different coloured lids can be used for making patterns. To begin, I would suggest an adult starting the pattern and then working together with your child to follow it. Depending on the age and ability level of your child would depend on the complexity of the pattern (e.g 4 step patterns). Always verbalize the pattern as you are completing it to explicitly demonstrate that a pattern constantly repeats itself.

Counting.

Counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s-the opportunities are endless depending on the amount of lids you have!!

How many do I have?

Lining up the lids and counting and comparing how many different colours you have encourages children to use language such as ‘more’ and ‘less’ whilst also producing a real life bar graph!

Making number shapes.

An effective way to revise number formation. I have the number written down for Carter and he fills in the number with bottle tops. We focus on where the number starts and ends and once the number is full we count how many lids it took to fill the number. Once your child is confident writing numbers they will be able to begin forming the numbers with bottle tops independently.

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