Invitation to Play: Bottle Top Numbers and The Weekly Kids Co Op

Pebble wanted to play ‘schools’ the other day. Again. I’m always the teacher and she’s always the eager student. It’s always her birthday and the class sings to her. We practice our “ABCs” and our numbers. Then we go outside for play time. It’s pretty fun! This week I threw in a new way to practice our numbers with stuff that I had around the house and she loved it.

{read on for this weeks Kids Co-Op linky}

Invitation to Play: Bottle Top NumbersInvitation to Play: Bottle Top Numbers

You will need:

  • cup cake cases
  • bottle tops
  • permanent marker
  • beads

To set up: 

  • write the numbers 1 – 10 on the bottle tops
  • write the numbers 1 – 10 in the cup cake cakes.

To play: 

  • match the cup case numbers to the bottle top numbers.
  • fill the cup cases/bottle tops with the correct number of beads

Make it easier: 

  • just use the cup cake cases instead of matching bottle top numbers
  • use less numbers (eg. 1 – 5)

Make it trickier: 

  • use more numbers (eg. 1 – 20)
  • put the numbers into the correct order
  • use only matching beads for each number
  • turn all the cup cake cases and bottle tops over and play a memory matching game

Play other stuff:

  • pour beads from one cup cake case to another
  • make patterns with the cup cake cases, bottle tops and beads
  • pretend you are the owner of a sweet shop and sell your sweets (beads) to customers

Invitation to Play: Bottle Top Maths

Invitation to Play: Bottle Top Maths

Invitation to Play: Bottle Top Maths

Invitation to Play: Bottle Top Maths

5 Replies to “Invitation to Play: Bottle Top Numbers and The Weekly Kids Co Op”

  1. I know this post is old, but I’m looking for activities to help me get through my summer with my toddler. Where can I find beads like this?

    1. Hi Laura :) Comments are always welcome, on posts new and old, I love comments :D
      These beads were a gift from Pebble’s Nanna, but I know she bought them through a child care fundraiser. They are often called “pop beads” if you Google that you’ll come up with a bunch of different places to buy them. I will say that they were very tricky for Pebble to click together when she was two and three, and now at four she can do it but it takes a strong grasp.
      I can recommend chopping up pieces of straws and threading them onto pipe cleaners, that’s quite good fun for little toddler fingers. I wrote about that at Learn with Play at Home. http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2013/07/pattern-bracelet-activity-for-kids.html
      CleverPatch (not sponsored) has some lovely beads too. http://www.cleverpatch.com.au/

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