Monday, May 13, 2013

Don't Throw it Away! Milk Bottle Caps

I've been saving the caps from my milk bottles for a while because I wanted to make those cute ladybugs that are all over Pinterest.  Well, I tried and had a Pinterest FAIL!  Basically, I tried drawing the dots on with a Sharpie, but the color didn't stick.  So, what to do with a whole bag full of milk bottle caps?

Make a therapy activity!

First, you'll want to wash your milk caps and let them dry.  Gather the amount you want - the number doesn't really matter.  More caps = longer activity, less = shorter activity!  You'll also want some circle stickers.  I used the kind used for labeling prices at yard sales.

I wrote the numbers 1, 2, and 3 on each...

Place one sticker on the underside of each cap and you're ready to play!  You can use this simple game as an open ended reinforcer for just about any target.  Once a student completes targets, they can turn over a cap.  They get the number of points indicated on the sticker.

The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner!

If your kids aren't fans of "point" activities, there are other variations you could use.  You could hide one "target" (Dora, Spongebob, a star, etc.) and the person who finds the target is the winner.  You could also play similar to "Lids & Lizards" by Super Duper - place stickers under only some of the caps.  The student who found the most stickers at the end of the game is the winner.

There are some other cute ideas for using milk bottle caps on Pinterest.  Here are a few:

  1. Alphabet Stamps
  2. Hungry Caterpillar Activity
  3. Counting Game
  4. Magnet Boats
  5. Word Families Activity
Do you re-use milk bottle caps?  What are you using them to do?

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