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3 Fun Kids Crafts to Make with Bottle Caps

Collect the caps, then make these crafts

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Before you recycle those plastic bottles, check out these three fun ways to repurpose the tops!
3 Fun Crafts to Make with Bottle Caps
Go ahead and teach your kid to recycle plastic bottles. But grab those plastic caps and use them to make these terrific crafts!
1. Make these: Do-it-yourself checkers pieces

Because: Kids will love making their own game-room essentials.

What you need: 24 plastic bottle caps; a store-bought, handmade, or hand-me-down checkerboard; newspapers (to protect the crafting surface); kid-safe paint (two colors); a paintbrush. Optional: Glitter glue in two colors—or 24 checker-size stickers to decorate the pieces. Let your child choose the patterns. Just make sure she selects two different sets of stickers, with 12 stickers in each set.

What to do:

Step 1: Cover crafting surface with newspapers.

Step 2: Encourage your child to count out 24 bottle caps and separate them into two groups of 12 caps each. Paint one group one color, and the second group the other.

Step 3: Let paint dry.

Step 4: Optional:Add a sheet of themed stickers to each group of 12 bottle caps.

Add a twist: Make a checkerboard to match your fancy new checkers pieces.

What kids gain: Fine motor skills; focus and concentration when crafting; strategic thinking; taking turns

What to do next: Line up your pieces. Make the first move!

2. Make these: Clever and crafty picture frames

Because: Nothing says family like homemade frames.

What you need: Bottle caps; hot glue; scissors; tape; newspapers (to protect the crafting surface); kid-safe paint in assorted colors; a paintbrush; two sheets of cardboard, 8” x 10” each; a 4” x 6” family picture for the inside of the frame

Optional: Pompoms, stick-on gems, glitter glue, beads, and shells

What to do:

Step 1: Cover crafting surface with newspapers.

Step 2: Cut out one 4” x 6” rectangle from the center of one cardboard sheet, leaving a perimeter of about 2” in width. Set aside the second piece of cardboard.

Step 3: Let your child’s imagination run wild as he paints the front of the frame any color he likes.

Step 4: Let frame dry.

Step 5: Help him paint the bottle caps any or all colors.

Step 6. Let them dry.

Step 7: Hot glue the painted bottle caps in place for him. If your child wants to add other decorations, hot glue whatever he chooses to jazz up his creation.

Step 8: Tape the 4” x 6” photo into place on the reverse side of the cardboard sheet so the picture he selected can be seen in the frame.

Step 9: Glue the remaining 8” x 10” cardboard sheet to form the back of the frame.

What kids gain: Fine motor skills; creative decision making; ability to focus on the task at hand

What to do next: Display pic and frame for everyone to see!

3. Make these: Funky emoji refrigerator magnets

Because: Everyone needs a laugh.

What you need: Bottle caps; magnets; hot glue; craft glue; kid-safe yellow paint; a paintbrush; yellow glitter glue; construction paper; newspapers (to protect the crafting surface)

What to do:

Step 1: Cover crafting surface with newspapers.

Step 2: Help your child paint a bottle cap yellow.

Step 3. Let it dry.

Step 4: Use hot glue to attach magnet to the back of the bottle cap (this task is for you, parents!).

Step 5: Help your tiny techie cut out two small eyes and a little mouth out of construction paper. Invite her to glue the eyes and mouth on front of the bottle cap, forming a face.

Step 6: Encourage your child to add glitter glue to the face to boost the wow factor!

What kids gain: Fine motor skills; planning skills; creativity; focus; concentration

What to do next: Encourage your child to create an emoji collection with winking faces, faces with tears of joy, and all of your child’s favorites. Then, plaster them all over the fridge!

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