Bottle cap crafts for kids can be so much fun! Make an easy bottle cap game for kids using plain plastic bottle caps - in minutes!
Here's a new idea our kids loved, making use of all the green plastic bottle caps that have started piling up. It's an easy bottle cap activity for kids of all ages. It's made using plastic bottle caps - reusing materials that you already have at home, at no cost. Ready for some apple hunting fun, color matching, or a size comparison activity? Have a look!
Fun Bottle Cap Activity
Meet a colorful diy game set using green bottle caps and red craft foam pieces, red apples and green leaves. Bottle cap crafts for kids are such a great way to keep kids busy and let them have fun with toys you all can design yourselves. Even better, by reusing and upcycling what you already have at hand.
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We really enjoyed this engaging game, so I thought it is a good idea to spread word about it. It's so easy to play AND takes only a little time to arrange. Bottle cap crafts are great for preschool kids!
Now, off we go. First, let me list the required materials, then the setting, and then a few words on how to play this apple search game. Please also note that the post includes affiliate links for your convenience if you'd need to stock on the materials you need for this activity -but most probably, you already have everything you need.
Supplies To Do Bottle Cap Crafts For Kids
- a piece of plain white paper
to form a background
- colored crafting paper
in brown to make the tree trunk
- used green plastic bottle caps
- a piece of red craft foam
for tiny apples (regular red paper will do just as well)
Now, let's prepare the setting for the Bottle Cap Activity.
How To Design the Background for the Apple Search Game
- Cut out a tree trunk from brown crafting paper
- (Optional:) cut a green stripe of crafting paper to the bottom.
- Glue to a piece of paper.
How To Craft the Apples:
Use the red craft foam to cut out small circles that will act as apples. (You might get creative here 🙂
Bear in mind that only half of the bottle caps will house one 'apple', meaning that if you've got 10 caps, you'll only need to cut out 5 craft foam apples.
Place the red apples 'on' the tree branches. Cover the apples using green plastic bottle caps (=pretend leaves) on them, and spread the rest of the green bottle caps around these. Meaning that one half of the plastic bottle caps will be empty.
How To Play The Bottle Cap Game For Kids
The green bottle caps are leaves, and that apples are hiding under some of these leaves. Try to collect as many apples as possible by taking turns. With two players, they will take turns. Each time there is only one try.
The first player chooses one 'leaf' (that is, one bottle cap) and lifts it to see if there is an apple hidden behind. Then turn the cap upside down to mark it has been already searched for apples. If there was a red apple hidden below, the player gets to keep the 'apple'. If not, he stays empty-handed in this turn. Then, it's the second player's turn to guess.
They play as long as there are still untouched bottle caps available. The winner is the one who collects the most apples.
It's a good activity to practice taking turns and patience. A useful life skill.
More Ways To Play With Plastic Bottle Caps
In a moment, the apple hunt can transform into a new, simple size comparison activity: Using the tree trunk you made before, draw as many circles in the sizes of your bottle caps as you want to use in the activity. Make sure the size differences are distinguishable. Place the differently sized bottle caps next to the main activity panel and let kids try to match all the circles to the bottle caps by covering them.
This is how to prepare and play the size matching activity:
- Trace the caps on the printing paper using a marker.
- let the kids match the outline.
Alternatively, you can use single-color caps to make the child easier to focus on one single feature (that is, the differences in sizing), or use multiple color caps for distraction to make the size matching game a bit more challenging. Your choice.
Pin this idea to Pinterest so you have it at hand when you need some inspiration:
And the reused plastic bottle caps will make the game green, literally 🙂 Damjana
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