With the milk caps in hand, I used a permanent marker and wrote the numbers 1-30 on the top of the caps. I figured once we were done with this activity, we could use these caps for counting, addition, subtraction and more. First, I gave my daughter all of the caps and told her to put them in number order. She did pretty well with this, but the teens still trick her sometimes. Once she got to the 20s, I had her line them up underneath the teens, hoping that she would see the pattern in the numbers. I don't know that she really understood. I think what helped her the most was going back a number or two and saying the numbers until she remembered what came next.
We started with the single digit numbers and then worked on the teen numbers briefly before she started to get burned out. This will definitely be an activity that we can pull out and use over and over again and even throw in the diaper bag and pull out while we are waiting at restaurants.
I love this activity because it was simple, but worked on a much needed skill. Another reason I love it is that it cost us nothing (except for all that money in milk which I don't even want to think about) and could be used in so many different ways.
How would you use these milk cap numbers?