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Rarely, when the costs of education are being calculated, is the contribution made by teachers from their own pockets acknowledged. It is not very well publicised that many teachers spend a lot of their own money resourcing their classrooms, which would be far less interesting places if teachers refused to contribute in this way.
Today I demonstrate that not all resources need be expensive. A versatile, free, and readily available resource is the humble bottle cap or lid, which is often discarded, but can fulfill a number of functions in the classroom.
It doesn’t take long to gather an extensive collection of lids even on your own. But ask your children to bring in lids from home and the collection builds even quicker.
Lids have many uses.
Children can, for example:
Sort by colour or size
Order according to size – diameter or height
Make patterns – repeating or growing
Count – by ones, twos or fives
Learn to subitise, and discover conservation of number
Compare, add, substract and share
Measure length and mass
Use for collage or craft, or as tokens when playing games
These are just a few ideas. What other uses have you found for lids? Please share in the comments below.
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These ideas and others are now available in a free maths resource Caps off for maths.
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Snakes and Ladders is a popular game and great for maths groups. With some guidance from an adult, the game can be used to stimulate mathematical thinking alongside practice of computations. The readilearn resource Snakes and Ladders – An activity for maths groups provides suggestions that can be given to an assistant to maximise learning opportunities while playing the game.
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