Bottle Top Sentences

I’ve been collecting bottle tops (and bribing my friends to do the same) for months now. This week will be all about activities that you can do with tops, today Bottle Top Sentences!
bottle top sentences
Bottle Top Sentences
B has been really interested in reading lately so together we made up a few sentences (using words that he knows or can sound out) and drew a picture next to them as a clue.
How to Make Bottle Top Sentences:
  1. Trace the bottle top to create a circle for each word of your sentence.
  2. Write a word inside each circle.
  3. Write a word on each bottle top using a permanent marker.
How to Play with Bottle Top Sentences:
  1. Encourage Your child to match each bottle top to the circles on the sentence strip.
  2. If your child is a strong reader, ask them what word they are matching. If your child is a beginning reader, comment every now and then with a statement like “Oh you are finding the match for the word “my”.”
  3. Once all of the bottle tops are matched, read the sentence together. For my beginning reader, I read the sentence while pointing to each word to model it. Your child can also point as you read it.

I love how simple this activity is to make and play with. Once you have a collection of bottle tops with words on them, here are some other ways you can use them to make learning fun:

  • Sort the words by type.
  • Sort the words by beginning letter sound
  • Sort the words: long words/short words
  • Sort the words: words I know/words I’m learning
  • Put the bottle tops in a bowl of water and “Go Fishing” like we did with Bottle Top Fish.
  • Hide your bottle tops around the room and find them to make a sentence.
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  • Reply Tim, Allyson, and kids

    great idea. I’m going to start saving caps!

    July 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply Love and Lollipops

    This is just AWESOME! Thank you! Can’t wait to see your other bottle top activities!

    July 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Packer Family

    Love it

    July 5, 2010 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply trooppetrie

    do you mean like off of 2 liters. what a great idea. WAIT maybe those are water bottle lids.

    July 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    these happen to be water bottle lides (my friend saved for me), but 2 liter bottle tops would work too. I think white is the easiest color to work with so you can write right on it. Later in the week I use different colors and cover them and that is a lot of work for as many as you need for this activity.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Christy

    I have been collecting them for a while too. My kids love to learn with bottle caps. I just put number stickers on some and we are doing math equations. For some reason, I never thought to write words on them though! I’ll be doing this over the next week.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Kara

    What a great idea!

    July 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply littlewondersdays

    Great idea! These would be great to slip into a ziploc and take when going out to eat too.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Stacie

    I love this! I have been collecting lids for a while! I have preschoolers, so I think I’ll put a letter on each one and use them to build words!

    July 6, 2010 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Anne

    Great Idea! I have lots of bottle tops that I have been saving for something. I like this!

    July 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    You could add magnets for more fun!

    (As soon as I saw the link to this post, I wondered how you managed to accumulate so many bottle tops! LOL. We just don’t drink enough!)

    July 7, 2010 at 3:25 am
  • Reply Judy

    Great idea…I think my 3 year old would love playing with bottle caps. Thanks for sharing!

    July 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Bethany @ The Paper Pony

    What a fantastic idea! I love the use of bottle caps; for some reason, circles make everything so much cuter!

    July 8, 2010 at 5:39 am
  • Reply ~SHANNON~

    That is a REALLY fab idea!! What a great way to get word recognition going! Thanks for sharing!

    Here from Mom Loop;)

    July 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    You such great ideas for bottle tops. I need to drink more drinks with caps.

    July 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply mama magic

    Which means I can continue collecting them. They can be put to good use! We still have ways to go to reach this level, though.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    This is a great idea. I have saved bottle lids for awhile…different colors. Might be great to use different colors to represent the different parts of speech (nouns -red/verbs – green, etc.)for older children! Thannk you!

    November 16, 2011 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Super idea! This activity will also help children understand spacing between words for sentences! Good job!

    May 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Mama D

    What an awesome idea! I will have to give this a try.

    April 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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