spelling with milk caps

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this is an activity that i thought about when i taught preschool before Bear was born.  i wasn’t able to get enough miLK cApS for the names of the 20-some kiddos.  neeedless to say, it sort of fell by the wayside.  so i decided to revive it to help Bear develop his literacy skills.

after i’d save enough milk caps i labeled each one with the alphabet in uPPeRCaSe and LoWeRcASe.  initially, i wrote the letters out on a piece of paper and place it in front of him to see what he would do.  after surveying the materials i gave him, he instinctively began matching the caps to the corresponding letters on the paper. 

it didn’t take long for him to master this.  so i switched it out with a loWeRCasE alphabet sheet and milk caps.

i’m making woRD shEEtS of common words that Bear can relate to for us to use with these next.  as soon as i get them done, i’ll post them.


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Andie Jaye

Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom of 3 kiddos. Her blog, Do.Play.Learn., (formerly named Crayon Freckles), focuses on creative learning and play ideas, as well as parenting topics. Andie strives to be honest in her approach and experiences in parenting to let other moms know that they are not alone in their struggle. In her free time, she writes children’s books in hopes of publishing someday.

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  1. Super idea!

  2. This is such a great idea! (visiting from Delightful Order)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cool idea

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great idea!

  5. This is great idea! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!


  6. Great idea and so easy! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I LOVE this idea! Thank you for sharing!

  8. What a great idea!! Such a creative way for kids to learn their ABC's. Would like to invite you to share this on Sharing Saturday.


    Have a happy day

  9. GREAT idea! I am going to do this & make my mat have capital letters & the bottle caps be lower case=-) Thanks for the idea!! LOVE it! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  10. Love this idea, what a great way to upcycle milk caps

  11. Fun idea! We have a growing stash of apple juice caps waiting for the right activity 🙂

  12. wonderful idea! It might take a while to collect all those caps – but I'm starting now! 🙂

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  13. What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  14. This is such a great idea that you can really change up any way you want to. Awesome. Thanks so much for linking up at our party!

  15. I featured this super creative idea at TGIF Linky Party #12 – as it is your second feature feel free to email me at livinglifeintentionallyblog @gmail.com to get your special featured more than once button =-) Thanks for sharing your creativity with the rest of us & I can't wait to see what you link up this week!!!
    Beth =-)

  16. This is so cute! I love how effective and affordable this idea is! I can't wait to use it for one of my units! I pinned it to my preschool activities page http://pinterest.com/kate_yospe/preschool-activity/

  17. Anonymous says:

    I just saw this post, and I will be doing this with Z for this school year coming up, he is an early 1st grader so he didnt learn to read yet, just abc's phonetics last year, this is a great way to teach him to read YAY for this easy way!

  18. I love this. Must pin!

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