Friday, August 5, 2016

Remembering Summer with a Paper Bottlecap Collection

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Bear is at that age (7.5 yrs) where he is into collecting things.  And by "collecting", I mean that I'm constantly struggling to keep his dresser and shelves free from piles of acorns, leaves and sticks shaped like random objects, bottlecaps, and anything else you can imagine.  We've got quite a busy summer going on, and I've been trying to find something that would feed into Bear's collection interest. This is what I came up with...

You know how Girl and Boy Scouts all have badges that they get for different accomplishments they make and activities they do?  I took that concept and changed it up a bit.  I made this bottlecap printable to go with the Bottle Caps song by Laurie Berkner and figured it would be perfect for what I had in mind.

I printed it out on cardstock so that it could withstand being handled frequently. I then challenged Bear to crate a bottle cap design based on our summer adventures so far. We've been to the fire station, the strawberry patch,  the zoo, swim lessons, and lots more. Here's what he came up with:


After he created his bottle caps, he cut them out and glued them on this "My Summer was Poppin' with Fun!" sheet that I made up. We've got it displayed on the wall in our dining room. It often serves as a point of conversation during meals.



 
Using this activity is a neat way to find out what aspects of daily life impact your children the most.






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