Start saving those milk jug lids because there are countless math activities you can do in your classroom using this free manipulative

Here are just four of those ideas.

**1) Sort the lids by various attributes such as**:

- Color
- Snap-on or Twist-on
- Label or No Label
- Kind of edge (smooth or rough)

**2) Let the students grab one handful of lids.**

- Ask the students to count the lids.
- See if the students can write that number.

**3)**

**Make a pattern using two different colors of lids.**

- Identify the pattern using letters of the alphabet or numbers. The pattern above would be an A, A, B pattern or a 1, 1, 2 pattern.

- Now ask the students to use more than two colors to make a pattern

- Once more, have the students identify the pattern using alphabet letters or numbers.

**4) Decide on a money value for each color of lid.**(Example: Red lids are worth a nickel, blue lids are worth a dime, and white lids are worth a penny.) Put all of the lids into a bag and have the students draw out four lids. Have the students add up the total value of these four lids.

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- Use play money (coins) to have the students show the value of the lids.

- Have the students practice writing money as either a part of a dollar or as cents.

- Another idea is to have the students find all the combinations of lids that would equal a nickel or a dime or a quarter.