13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and Vicky

Being a teacher and a mama I just can’t help but collect rubbish. I have little collections of recycling in the pantry, the entry, the children’s rooms. It’s free craft – I’d be mad not to! I’ve been collecting bottle tops for ages. I have a zip lock bag in the pantry where I throw them as soon as they’re washed and dried and when the bag gets full I add them to the large collection amongst our craft supplies. Recently the collection was bulging and Pebble was looking for some fun, so we took them outside for some play in the water tray and our old baby bath tub.

I didn’t give any instructions or directions for this play, I just stood back and watched her explore and play and do her own thing, chatting with her about it as she went. Pebble is a particular little girl, she likes to line things up and put things in order. The first thing she did was pick out all the white bottle tops and line the bottom of the water tray with them.

The bottle tops had different purposes as she played. At first they were objects to be arranged and counted. Then they became a snake. After a long time focussing on this careful arrangement she was ready to get stuck in with the water and coloured bottle tops. There was lots of active swishing, some singing, some floating and talk about boats.

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops | Octavia and Vicky

This play gave lots of opportunities for sorting, counting, arrangingimagining, singing and experimenting – all with a few bottle tops and some water.

Bottle tops can be used for play and creating in SO many ways. Here are twelve more fun ideas for playing and learning with bottle tops and bottle caps. Have fun!

13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops

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Do you collect ‘rubbish’ for play? Have you played with bottle tops lately? 

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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15 Replies to “13 Ways to Play and Learn with Bottle Tops”

  1. I used to be a bit of a hoarder too but it started to get a little ridiculous haha! What can I say, everything has a use, doesn’t it? :) I’m not sure how my little ones would play with bottle caps…they don’t really sort or line up things…maybe I should start collecting and see how they go :)
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  2. Great roundup.. only just saw that one of ours was in there. Thanks! I actually have a better one with bottle tops and using them as pretend money in a pretend shop. And, guess what, Anna and I will be using them in our playful maths series soon haha. Pretty sure they’re scheduled in for a couple of weeks away! :)
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  3. Thanks for the mention! (Sorry I haven’t been able to comment until now.)

    I used my lids in my first grade class recently, too. We outlined different shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, circle). And we’ve used them in our recycling art – to make things. They are so useful…and I keep collecting them.

    I have never mixed them with water play – I think that’s a great idea!

  4. Bottle caps are the perfect size and shape to cause choking. Please be very careful when letting little ones play with these.

  5. I love recycled craft materials – I think it helps kids escape from our throw away society. We have a bulging bottle top collection too – we play with them a lot already, but there are loads of ideas here that I hadn’t thought of yet. Thank you!

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