Have you seen all the uses for milk cap letters? They are such a simple and useful manipulative for recognizing letters, making words, and many more literacy skills.
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I’ve made milk cap letters in a few different ways. I’ve written with a Sharpie on milk cap lids. I’ve printed the letters on square labels and stuck them on.
I wasn’t impressed with the effect.
Now I know I don’t need my milk cap letters to be beautiful. But when I discovered Mod Podge, I realize that they could be. And in hardly any time at all!
I printed a set of letters and got to work. Here’s how you can do it too.
Gather your materials. You’ll need:
- letters printed onto card stock (see my free patterns at the end of this post)
- Mod Podge
- 1.5-inch circle punch if making milk cap letters
- 1-inch paper punch if making bottle cap letters
- wide tipped paint brush
- a collection of milk or bottle caps
We don’t drink a lot of bottled water at our house, but we do drink a lot of milk. And since we make our own yogurt (my crew goes through about 6 quarts a week), we have more milk caps than we know what to do with. My tutorial uses milk caps. But if you have a collection of bottle caps, make sure they’re 1-inch wide and use a smaller punch.
And there you have it! It will look like the caps are dry much sooner than 24 hours later, but try not to get too eager as I did – or the paper circles will slip off the lids. You can always apply more Mod Podge if necessary.
I like to make the vowels in red, but if you don’t like that just print in grayscale.
I made sets of a single alphabet as well as sets with multiple letters in case you’re making multiple words (you’ll need to save a lot of caps!)
Here is a giant set of options for you – I think you’ll find the letters you need in here!
Milk Cap Letters (single lowercase alphabet) (this is what I used in the tutorial)
Bottle Cap Letters (single lowercase alphabet) (use this one if you’re following the tutorial using bottle caps)
**At the request of a reader, I created labels for the numbers as well:
**Another reader requested extra vowels. You can get them HERE.
So what do you do with these letters now that you’ve made them? I’ll be sharing some printables next week. In the meantime, here are some fabulous ideas from around the web!
You don’t want to miss this amazing collection of ideas from Boy Mama Teacher Mama!
I love the variety of ideas in this post from The Good Long Road.
I love this letter matching idea from Sugar Aunts.
Looking for math learning? You’ll find some great number pages at Mama’s Learning Corner.
You can even use milk caps to make a paint palette! Check out this idea from Tutus and Tea Parties.
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