Bottle Tops Letter Match

Bottle Tops Letter Match

I collect bottle tops and caps. I’ve been doing so for a quite some time now, since I developed an interest in loose parts and their usefulness in creative activities for kids. I’ve actually collected a sizeable collection now. Maybe more than I’ll ever need…. but I have plans!

This activity was a really quick and easy one; it was also a great way to make use of some of those blue plastic milk bottle tops that have been piling up in the cupboard. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to identify which areas of our daughter’s early literacy alphabet skills she is finding challenging; then use this as an area to focus on.

bottle top letter match

Our eldest is almost 6 now and although she can recite the alphabet, and recognise all the letters in upper case; she still struggles a little with recognising all the lower case letters. For example, she mixes up lower case b and d, sometimes these two get muddled up with p; all understandable as they do actually look quite similar. You can even see from the image above she has placed lower case f on top of T, something she was able to correct herself as she worked her way through the bottle tops. Early literacy learners can often flip letters around the wrong way; here our little girl was getting the lower case t confused with f.

bottle top letter match

Preparing and setting this one up so super quick and easy! I bought a silver paint marker which was perfect for writing the lower case letters on the bottle tops. I created an upper case grid which you can download here >>> UPPER CASE ALPHABET GRID

With all the bottle tops placed into a basket, I invited our little learner to the table and prompted her to begin matching the letters.

bottle top letter match

As a result of this activity, I learned that our little girl has trouble with easily differentiating between lower case b and d, m and w, and y and g. Apparently this is usual in lots of other children at her age and stage too. We did lots of talking about what the letters looked like, how they were different and we’ll be focusing more on these in the weeks to come.

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