Bottle Cap Learning: Cheap Educational Supplies
Welcome to another one of my Frugal Friday posts! This is the day that I chose to share with you all some of the frugal ways that I use to entertain, educate, and organize. So, I figured it would help to see some of the Cheap Educational Supplies that I use to aid in teaching my girls. Today we are talking about bottle cap learning, there are so many ways to use bottle caps for learning.
You don’t have to spend an arm and leg on materials to teach or tutor your children. The way I teach my children have been inspired by a few women in my life and the way that they taught theirs, and others children also. These women used what they had and when I look at their children I see what they’ve done has worked.
One of our first learning materials in my arsenal is
I love our bottle caps!
I have some with numbers and some with letters in both uppercase and lowercase, and now I have some with colors. These make for great hands on learning and they don’t cost you anything. They are also good for mixing potions in, play dough play, and they make good wheels.
When using bottle caps for math they make great counters and then later on you can write the numbers on them and use them to help your child with the written form of the number. I cannot express this enough, but please include the number 0 in your bottle caps and actually use it. I say this because when you start to move on and dealing with 1:1 correspondence, it is needed. While all the others represent a number, so many, so little, however you put it, 0 represents none. You have to have a way to show none, and that 0 is it. (Long argument with an acquaintance about the number 0)
So here is a game that we played when my preschooler first starting to learn her numbers. We are really big fans of matching games and when it’s time to learn matching games come in handy.
All you need is
- Bottle Caps numbered 0-more
- Number Printable
This is a very simple activity! All the child has to do is match the bottle cap number to the number on the paper. My then preschooler started from the number one and then worked her way to the number 20, skipping all the ones that she was not too sure of. Then coming back after she was done with all that she knew she started working with the process of elimination. In the end she struggled with 6 and 9, but I expected that and the number 4, which she still struggles with right now even though we are currently on word numbers.
Well this was going to be a long post but with me sharing an activity I am going to be breaking this post up over some Fridays. I think that it would be better for me to actually give you an activity, along with sharing some of our others that we did with each material that I share with you. So that’s it for the bottle cap learning. I hope that this inspires you to use what you have for your child’s enjoyment of learning.
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