As summer has come in full force and the kids are taking a break from school, I’ve found it very difficult to find a moment of peace in the chaos. As a parent and educator, I’m excited to share 5 bottle cap games for kids with you. From the classic Memory Matching game to the energetic bottle cap flicking game, these activities offer both entertainment and educational value. Join us in exploring the world of bottle cap fun! These games are great to add to your game collection!

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Materials for the Bottle Cap Games:

  • Bottle Caps
  • Stickers
  • Number Stickers
  • Sidewalk Chalk

How do you play the Bottle Cap Games?

I admit it, some of these bottle cap games we just made up! Sometimes that’s the best way to play. But they were super engaging and fun games that kept the kids occupied as we settled into a new home. You can also use them for recess, summer break and several of them will even work in the classroom.

We always have lots of bottle caps on hand.

My husband and kids love tea, so we have lots of lids…

and bottles too, but that was another day…

Check out how we used the Bottles For Musical Instruments here.

So, today when I needed some peace to have a moment to sit back and get a drink for myself, I set the kids up to play these 5 game with the bottle caps.

Five Easy Bottlecap Games

1. Spinning Bottle Caps

5 fun games for bottle caps! Save your bottle caps from the recycling bin and use them for these fun games!

While not technically a game, it did keep the kids entertained for a while. To play, simply place the bottle cap on edge while holding with one finger. Using your other hand, flick the edge of the bottle cap to set it spinning. You could have a contest to see whose bottle cap spins the longest or how many consecutive times the cap spins more than 2 seconds.

2. Bottle Cap Tic-Tac-Toe

5 fun games for bottle caps! Save your bottle caps from the recycling bin and use them for these fun games!

Break out the sidewalk chalk for this one! (Do you refill your sidewalk chalk stash after the 2020 sidewalk chalk craze?) To start, draw a tic-tac-toe board on the ground (preferably in a shady spot since pavement can get really hot in the sun.) Then, use the bottle caps as the playing pieces. One player uses the top up, the other player uses the bottom up.

Yes, you could just use sidewalk chalk to play and draw a new tic-tac-toe board every time, but using the bottle caps means you don’t have to search for more sidewalk space once you have found a good, shady spot.

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3. Bottle Cap Shooter

5 fun games for bottle caps! Save your bottle caps from the recycling bin and use them for these fun games!

Here is an original game that the kids made up!

To play, draw a circle on the pavement with your sidewalk chalk. The, place a bunch of bottle caps in the middle of the circle. (We discovered it’s better if you place them top-down.)

Each player keeps three bottle caps. Taking turns, opponents flick one cap into the circle to try to knock the other caps out of the circle. The player keeps any caps that go outside the circle and we decided that if they were on the line, they were considered “outside.”

The player can use any bottle caps they win as extra chances to knock more out. Play continues until all the caps are knocked out of the circle or the first person runs out of bottle caps.

Letting kids create their own games is a good way for them to build autonomy and ownership over their play.

Creating rules for games helps them develop problem solving skills and encourages cooperative game play.

4. Bottle Cap Memory

5 fun games for bottle caps! Save your bottle caps from the recycling bin and use them for these fun games!

Place some stickers, in sets of two, on the inside of the caps. Then play a traditional game of memory by flipping the caps. The person with the most matches is the winner.

5. What Bottle Cap is Missing?

5 fun games for bottle caps! Save your bottle caps from the recycling bin and use them for these fun games!

Put stickers with the numbers 1-10 on the tops of the bottle caps. Place them in number order to start, then have the other player close their eyes. Remove 3-5 of the bottle caps and have the player put them back in order. This game is perfect for preschoolers who are just learning their numbers!

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You can also have a challenge to see who can stack the most caps without them falling over!

What Do Kids Learn by Playing Bottle Cap Games?

  1. Cognitive Development: Playing bottle cap games like Memory Match and Find the Missing Number enhances cognitive skills, including memory, attention, and problem-solving abilities.
  2. Mathematical Skills: Games involving numbers, such as Find the Missing Number, contribute to the development of mathematical skills, promoting numerical understanding and logical thinking.
  3. Fine Motor Skills: Bottle cap flicking and other games require precision and coordination, helping kids improve their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  4. Social Interaction: Games like Bottle Cap Flicking and Tic-Tac-Toe encourage social interaction and cooperative play, fostering communication and teamwork among children.
  5. Creativity and Imagination: Engaging in these games stimulates creativity and imagination as kids come up with strategies, invent rules, and explore various ways to play, promoting a sense of innovation.

More Ways for Kids to Play!

For me, if the kids are busy (and not fighting) it’s a great time to catch my breath, recharge and get ready to go again.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Would love to know if anyone remembers a game with hitting bottle cap with broom handle or bat? Try to hit the cap farthest; 1/2/3 points for distance. My husband is about 7 years older, and I didn’t play it. He’s going crazy thinking about ,”what was the name of that game?

    1. I remember my dad and uncles playing this at family picnics. I don’t remember anything about it except it was like baseball but played definitely more infield and use the broomstick handle to hit the bottle caps with.

  2. 7. 7-caps … played endless in the Aramco enclaves in Saudi Arabia … two teams … required 1 tennis ball and 7 bottle caps, flat surface for bowling, large area to run around in .. stack the caps upside down … one team rolls the tennis ball and needs to knock them down (forget how many tries you get) … once the caps are knocked down, the bowling team needs to reassemble the stack before all are ‘out’ … how are you out? … the other team basically throws the tennis ball at the bowling teams players … if they are hit, they are out

  3. I love these simple games. They’re right up our street and I can’t wait to try them out. Visiting you from thoughtful spot