Create a bottle cap counting board for your toddler or preschooler to practice counting. It is a great DIY hands-on counting activity you can use over and over again!
DIY Counting Board
This amazing counting board is great to use anytime of the year. Just like a wooden puzzle you could buy, this Upcycle counting board is something you can easily use multiple times. Use it with Pom Poms or rice. During Fall use acorns to count. In the Spring you can use dandelions. Pull it out for a quick afternoon counting activity with your toddler or preschooler!
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How to Create a Bottle Cap Counting Board
- Cut a square piece of cardboard.
- Write the numbers 1 to 5 going down one side of the board.
- Take your bottle caps and hot glue gun and glue the appropriate number of caps beside each number.
- Once the caps are secure your counting board is complete!
Ways to use Your Bottle Cap Counting Board
Once you have created your bottle cap counting baord, there are so many different items you can use in the bottle caps. Here are a few ideas:
- pom poms
- acorns during fall
- Kernels of corn
- artificial snow during winter
- flowers during spring
Add tongs for items like Pom Poms and acorns and a scooper or spoon for items like rice and fake snow. You could invite your child fill each cap with playdough and then stick beans in the playdough.
Age Suitability for Bottle Cap Counting Board
This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 3 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.
Mess Level for Bottle Cap Counting Board
The mess level for this activity is low.
Difficulty to Create
Sensory play, language development, number recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
Supplies Bottle Cap Counting Board
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- Bottle caps
Books, TV Show & Play Kits!
Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
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Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
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Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids
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Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids
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TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.
The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids
Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.
Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!