Creating with lids in preschool

Yesterday, I shared how we spent time learning with lids in preschool so if you missed that post, click on the link and head back over to get caught up! If you are all caught up, then you are ready to see how I expanded the learning with lids in my classroom by inviting the children to create with lids…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Painting with Lids

Lids come in lots of different sizes which make them a wonderful tool to use along with paint and paper…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

My students used the lids to print colorful circles on their paper…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Once again, as the children are creating with the lids, learning is happening. Whether the children are focused on design, color, or just the process of creating with lids through any kind of creative process, the children are making decisions about how to approach the process based on what is most interesting or meaningful to them…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

While painting, the children may prefer to fit the circle prints inside each other, connect the circles together, make a long line, or just explore the process to see what happens when they place each painted lid on their paper…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

The wonderful thing about creating with lids is that lids are just a tool that one can use to inspire creative expression….

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

And that expression can come in many different forms…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

And lead to all kinds of different results…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Gluing with lids

In my classroom, we do quite a bit of glue collages on pieces of cardboard. We use cardboard to give our artwork a sturdy canvas to work on and a cardboard canvas holds up to the heavy weight of glue better than construction paper…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Because we had so many different colors of lids, the lids were the perfect resource for creating a bright and colorful collage on our cardboard canvases…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Some of our students created a picture with the lids while others preferred to just enjoy the collaging aspect of creating with lids…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Most of the children placed their lids flat on the cardboard canvas while a few of the children decided to glue some of their lids standing up on their sides…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Every child was free to choose the colors, sizes, and number of lids they wished to add to their glue canvas…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Easel Painting with Lids

In my classroom, we also enjoy the process of using easel starters. Our easel starter today was, of course, a lid! I hot glued one lid on each piece of paper and made enough easel starters for each child to choose from plus a few extra. Some of my students preferred to paint on more than one lid easel starter paper…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

Each child made their own choice as to how they would like to integrate the lid into their easel painting…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

And just like the creative process should be, every child’s work was unique in approach and results…

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

These were a few ways that we explored creating with lids in our classroom. Tomorrow, I will share with you a little bit more about our exploration with lids. I know from reading the comments on my Facebook page that many of you have other creative ways to explore with lids and if you have something to share, please do leave your idea in the comments below!

Creating with Lids by Teach Preschool

In the mean time, be sure to also check out how we explored life skills by making Lid Soup

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

And how we used Lots of Lids to make this rather unique Bottle Cap Matching Game!

Lots of lids by Teach Preschool

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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. Carla martin June 5, 2014 at 2:44 am - Reply

    I work in a pre school and I love all you great ideas on this page there are some fantastic motor skills ideas thank you for your great ideas x

  2. eileen June 5, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I Make a nesting game with the largest lid coming from a giant mayonaise jar down to the smallest from a bottle of food color and about 6 in between. The kids can grade them by size or try to stack them to make a tower. I try to use the same color caps but it’s not essential.

    Another idea is using bottle caps from seltzer or club soda to make a tic-tac-toe game. I trace around the caps and using a box cutter, I cut out circles from corrugated cardboard to make the board and glue onto another thick cardboard. Then the children use 2 different colors, inserting them in the cut-out circles, (instead of “x” and “o”) to play the game.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 6, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

      I love both of those ideas! Lids make a wonderful tool for all kinds of games like you have shared. I need to put more of them into a game type idea!!

  3. Marcia Fowler June 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    The idea of gluing lids and painting around them is wonderful!

  4. Laura June 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I love your ideas, I have a question, why you just have one class? you should have one school just for you I love all yours activities. 🙂

  5. Becky Cline June 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I used the applesauce lids as wheels on cars. I used q-tips as the axles by cutting off the cotton end. I punched holes in the lids with an ice pick just the right size to fit tight onto the axles. Then I punched two holes in a thick straw. The axles went in the straw holes, then the wheels went on the axles. They really roll. The kids had races with them on a table that had been propped up on one end with a “big block”.

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