Fun Math Activity: Sorting Jar Lids

Jar lids are a great option for kids activities: they come in lots of bright colors; they are mess-free; and they are easy to handle and store. Kids will love these simple math activities using recycled jar lids. 

 Sorting activity using jar lids

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Jar lids can easily be saved from empty containers. Kids can help wash the lids and store them in a coffee can or plastic container.

Place the container on a shelf where it is accessible for playtime, or until you are ready to set up an activity.


Sorting activity using jar lids


We recycled another common item - plastic produce containers - for these sorting activities. We also use these containers for storing felt pieces and for making an aquarium craft. The jar lids can be stored on a shelf in the berry boxes after the activity.

1. Sort jar lids by size. 

  • Label the inside of the top portion of the container as shown in the photo.
  • Sort jar lids by size.
  • Count the number of jar lids in each bin.


Sorting activity using jar lids

2. Sort jar lids by color.

  • Glue paper or felt squares of different colors to the top portion of the container.
  • Name the colors as you place jar lids in the bins.
  • Count the number of jar lids in each bin.


More sorting options:

1. Arrange lids in rows. 

  • Sort the lids in rows by color, or from smallest to biggest

2. Stack lids. 

  • Stack lids of different sizes.
  • Count the lids as you stack.

3. Paint with lids.

Open-ended activities like these provide opportunities for kids to play and learn with little instruction.

Can you think of other ways to sort jar lids?


 Visit our Math Pinterest board for more fun games and activities!

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