Learning with Lids

A Collection of Ideas for Learning with Lids
Around our house, we are just in love with these squeezy food packets and we love learning with lids!
learning with lids
They come in so many flavors, they are low mess, and I don’t have to worry about glass breaking or packing a spoon. Oh, and the lids provide some super awesome learning experiences!
I started out by saving the lids, cleaning them, and then tossing them into my junk drawer once G was finished eating.
learning with lids
Once we had a good stash, M and I sat down to explore (and of course, G wanted to investigate, too!).


learning with lids
Start out by doing AB patterns (like purple-red-purple-red) and then progress onto more challenging ones (such as ABBA or ABCABC).
learning with lids
I always give M a couple to get her started and then have her finish.


In preschool, M’s class has been digging deep into the world of bar graphs.

learning with lids
To piggyback on that, we made our own homemade bar graph by stacking the lids into columns.  Using words like “more than” and “less than” turned it into a great math lesson!

Number Sense

M loved having them sorted by color so she decided to count them up.
learning with lids

Addition and Subtraction Stories

 Then we worked together to make simple addition and subtraction sentences!

learning with lids
So much fun and M was excited to tell me that we were recycling the lids, instead of just throwing them away.  Win-win!
Don’t have squeezy foods?  You could always use colored paper clips, cereal (like Trix or Fruit Loops) or even buttons.
Written by Jill
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  • Reply Kim @ The Educators Spin On It

    We love reusing ours too! Here’s a fun post we shared

    June 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    JDaniel loves these pouches. Thank you for showing me how to use the lids.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Lori

    we’ve been saving ours too, so fun!

    June 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Melissa


    June 11, 2012 at 2:34 am
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