Five Activities with Bottles and Lids

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I’ve been saving a collection of empty bottles and lids for a while now (think smoothie bottles, sparkling water, peanut jars etc.). Basically anything with a lid that a toddler can twist off. Today, I finally pulled out the collection and there were so many ways that Veronika and I could play with them!

We started with the obvious: placing all the bottles in front of her with the lids off, so she could mix and match and figure out which lid belonged where.

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She was remarkably adept at this, I think because she knows some of these bottles by sight (like her favorite smoothie!). Sometimes she picked up a lid that was too big or too small, and I loved watching her puzzle through why it wouldn’t twist onto the bottle she’d chosen.

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Next, we did a little learning. I lined up the bottles from big to small, pointing out the size differences to Veronika.

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Older toddlers can solve this challenge all by themselves, but for Veronika at 19 months old, it was enough to introduce vocabulary about size.

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We then filled the bottles with items from around the house that would range in volume from quiet to loud. Our items included: pipe cleaners (the quietest), a pen, craft sticks, and buttons (the loudest!)

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She loved shaking these…

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…so of course we had to put on some music and have a jam session. Then she wanted to get at the items inside the bottles, so the lids were twisted off once more.

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Once the lids were off, we had fun rolling them on the floor! You could even have bottle cap races if your kids are a bit older.

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Finally, we did an art activity, tracing all of the lids on a piece of heavy watercolor paper. (Older toddlers can practice their own tracing).

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I asked Veronika what shape she saw. “Circle!” she said proudly.

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We used watercolor paint to fill in the circles. I mostly was the one painting, filling each circle with a different color, while Veronika was more into the cups of water!

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But the resulting artwork looked quite neat.

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Just a girl busy with her bottle and lid collection!

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How do you play with bottles and lids? Please share in the comments.

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