If you know me, then you know I love making games and activities from cheap or free materials.
I love creating different ways to use bottle caps or lids in the classroom.
Centers on the cheap are fun and easy to put together and they often last longer.
Bottle caps are everywhere and it is a great way to recycle.
I have had a few comments on some of the feedback from our popular Bottle Cap Games BUNDLE for any Word List, outlining that acquiring bottle caps was tricky.
Here are some ways to collect your bottle caps:
1. Hold a table competition to see which table brings in the most lids.
2. Use the sign found in our Bottle Cap Bundle to ask parents to bring them in.
3. Ask staff to bring in washed bottle caps and place in a container.
4. Place a box in the playground, near your assembly area each morning and ask parents to donate them.
5. Collect them yourself (I have been collecting them for years!)
4. Ask family and friends to save them for you.
You don’t need that many to get started but in no time you will have loads and loads of them!
I have a massive list of ideas and just need to find the time to blog about them!
Here is one of our popular freebies; I Don’t Have it:
Players: 4 or more.
How to Play:
Choose one person to be the ‘guesser’ and everyone else lines up to face him or her.
The guesser chooses a bottle top from the container and reads the word out loud.
He shows everyone the lid for them to read out loud as well.
The guesser puts the bottle cap on the floor in front of the other children.
The guesser then turns around and closes his/her eyes.
One of the players in the line picks up the bottle cap without talking and puts it behind their back.
All players in this line then put their hands behind their back and call out, ready.
The guesser turns around and says, “Who has the word …….?” One at a time, the players in the line say, “I don’t have it.” The guesser has to try and tell who is bluffing.
If they think that they know they can call the player’s name. The guesser gets two turns. If he guesses correctly, he has another turn, if he guesses incorrectly; the person who has the cap becomes the guesser and plays with a new word!
Players keep on playing until time is up.
Students can then complete one of two differentiated worksheets after they have played the games a few times.
For our bottle cap games and other literacy ideas using bottle caps, click here or the image below.
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