Getting ready for kindergarten has proven there is a need for making a lot of new things to use this year. Outside of printing loads of things off of TeachersPayTeachers, I wanted to make a lot of tactile things for the kids to use in reading language arts and math. While searching through Pinterest I found a lot of ideas using bottle caps. Now, I do like the Diet Mountain Dew, but even I don’t drink enough to make a collection of letters, numbers, blends, etc… so I put a plea out on Facebook to all my friends asking my friends to collect bottle caps for me. One friend showed up with a bag full from water bottles which gave the perfect opportunity for one of my first Make It Monday projects.
After making a trip to OfficeDepot to pick up some labels, I was ready to go. I found that the 3/4 inch circle labels worked very well. I typed all the letters in upper case and lower case and I also typed up numbers 1-20. Since I had some extra labels on each page, I made some more vowels for making names and sight words later and the blends and digraphs that the district requires for the school year. You can see below how the looked when I got done labeling some of the bottle caps.
After I labeled all the bottle caps I had, I decided I wanted to give something else to show, or document, their practice and learning. I made several matching activities with upper case, lower case, numbers, and tens frames. Not shown below, I also made a recording sheet to put numbers and letters in order and also made sight word cards for the students to spell the sight word cards. There are loads of ideas on pinterest for bottle caps if you are looking for more things to do with them.