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For the Love of Peanut Butter!

by Dawn Stoops | Apr 03, 2017
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Our family has a thing for peanut butter. It's a staple in the sandwich department, it makes great cookies, and elevates bananas to an extra yummy treat with protein power. I started collecting peanut butter jar lids for possible library craft projects and discovered something else instead.

Large lids have a lot of math potential!

Young children need lots of math concept practice before they start school. Sorting, counting, matching, and creating patterns are all key to getting those little minds thinking mathematical thoughts. With a collection of peanut butter lids and other large  lids (non choking hazard size) children can play all sorts of games.

- sort the big ones from the smaller ones
- sort them by colors
- make a pattern of one face up and one face down, then repeat
- count them as they are dropped into a bowl or box

Large lids help babies develop!

Things like peanut butter lids are also great for babies! Those tiny bodies need practice grasping, reaching, lifting, and matching what they see to what they want their hands to do. I probably wouldn't have thought about the potential of plastic lids with babies if I hadn't seen these great resources at the library.
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These hefty, well researched books by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky give all the why's and how's of helping children learn and develop by playing with found objects.

Here's a bit from the publisher:
"A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant toddler environment. Learn about the safety considerations of each age group and how to appropriately select materials for your children. "

I love learning about new ways to help children learn and it's especially nice when it involves reusing something I have around the house. Who knew those peanut butter lids could be such a powerful, earth friendly, way to help kids grow!


  • Dawn is a librarian, mother, and crafter who loves stories and art, so it’s only natural that she loves kids’ books the best (with cookbooks a close second).
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