Lots of lids

Offering a variety of bottles and lots of lids proves to be a challenging invitation for children to solve this puzzle…

Lots of lids by Teach Preschool

Deborah created a unique set-up for this activity by taping several bottles together to form two sets of “bottle and lid puzzles.” She taped together one long line of bottles and one round set of bottles…

Lots of lids by Teach Preschool

By taping the bottles together, we avoided having the bottles being tipped over or falling to the floor so the children could enjoy a more stable work environment…

Lots of lids by Teach Preschool

The children worked patiently at trying to match up the lids to the appropriate bottles. A few children really examined the lids to determine which one might fit. Not every lid on the table fit a bottle. This was purposely designed so the children would have to think about which lid might fit a bottle and which lids didn’t fit any bottle at all…

Lots of lids by Teach Preschool

It was a test of trial and error. Some children figured out the small lids would fall right through the openings of larger bottles. They were easily retrieved by tipping the bottles upside down. It didn’t take long before the children were using their skills of discrimination to determine which lid would fit which bottle and then testing their choice to see if they were right…

Lots of lids by Teach Preschool

This puzzling activity provides children with the opportunity to increase their fine motor skills, while also challenging their their hand-eye coordination…

Lots of lids by Teach Preschool

If you are looking for a way to reuse all of those plastic bottles and lids you’ve been saving, then I would encourage you to give this activity a try…

Lots of lids by Teach Preschool

Available on Amazon

Links to grow on: 

M is for milk lid by Preschool Daze

Plastic lid ladybugs by Crafts by Amanda

Lid Soup with a Two Year Old by Teach Preschool



By |2013-02-05T06:00:52+00:00February 5th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Margaret@YTherapySource February 5, 2013 at 7:33 am - Reply

    This is such a wonderful idea! It combines fine motor, visual perceptual, early math concepts and problem solving. And all free!!!!!!!!!

  2. Rhythm February 5, 2013 at 11:21 am - Reply

    What a great use for all that plastic!

  3. jackie February 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea! So simple to us, but so challenging for little hands and minds! And aren’t you smart taping the bottles together!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

      Oh, we just couldn’t fathom the ideas of all those bottles falling all over the place and making loud clanking and crunching noises all morning. Now the kids might have liked it but…. We will save that for an outdoor play activity:)

  4. Robyn February 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    What a wonderfully simple idea – thanks 🙂

  5. mel February 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Love this! I just save a ton of lids from other ideas you’ve posted. Now I’m going to have to start saving bottles! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm - Reply

      Haha – I wish I had saved some of the bottles now too!

  6. School Sparks Renee February 6, 2013 at 1:40 am - Reply

    This is such a fabulous idea. I am always blown away by the creative and hands-on approach to learning in our classroom. This idea is a winner on so many levels! Love it!! Renee

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      You help me in doing that Renee! It’s like a partnership in teaching to have your ideas and others at my fingertips!

  7. School Sparks Renee February 6, 2013 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Oops – sorry for the typo. I meant to say “your” classroom, not “our” classroom. Although your ideas are so great anyone would want to incorporate them into their classroom, too! 🙂

  8. Carolyn @ Mama's Little Muse February 7, 2013 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Fun! Perfect for fine motor practice!

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