Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lids - Usage #2

My stash of lids found their way in the classroom again this past week. I placed them in a center to be counters - along with some cube blocks, counting chips, and "jewels" from an old board game.

Some kids used the counting boards and items to count out groups of 10. Then this happened.

A building secured the jewels. The lids became part of the security system - only the gold ones were doors into the building; the other ones were decoys.

Security measures increased. An additional wall surrounded the building, making it harder to get inside.

"Traps" appeared around the building. And eventually surrounded it and spread outward.

I love how purchased items, repurposed items, and recycled items mixed easily in the children's play. These lids - and other unusual items - will continue to appear as counters, building items, and multipurpose resources. I can hardly wait to see what happens next with them.


  1. Niiiii-ce! It just goes to show that our kids can get so much from the simple things in life.
    Great post!

  2. I love lids! I am saving this article to my "lid collection" for later this year. What a great idea to use them for all those activities!

  3. Loving the lids - we have a bucket full of them, and I am always looking for new ways to use them. Thanks for sharing your ideas :)

  4. Love, love, love it. There's nothing nicer than when the children turn the learning experience into their own. See Scott you were wondering what you were going to use those lids for when all you ever had to do was present them to the children and let them decide!

  5. I love how you documented this, Scott. It's a great story. The theory of "loose parts" is in good hands with you my friend.