Color Matching, Sorting, and Patterns can all be practiced with button play. We like to share ideas like this on Kids Activities Blog to help you think of creative ways to use regular household items for kids activities.
There is something wonderful about a bunch of buttons. I recently bought a bag of buttons for my son to explore. I used to keep a tub of buttons in my classroom to use to teach my students everything from math facts to forming the letters for the alphabet. Knowing how much they had enjoyed them I knew my son would too.
I didn’t know that they would become his favorite thing to do. He has been playing with them for weeks. When my husband asks what he wants to play at night, he says that he wants to play with buttons. The bag of buttons has gone with us the the beach to play with in our hotel room. They go to doctor’s appointments. We even take to restaurants with us.
What do we do with all the buttons?
The first thing he did was explore them. As with any new material I want to work with him using, I gave him time to play with them. He could do whatever he wanted to do them on the table.
I Spy Game
My son loves to play I Spy. We each took turns giving each other clues as to which button we spied. I Spy is a wonderful way to look at the attributes of button. You can use descriptive words about its size, color, shape, thickness, number of holes, etc…
Sorting By Size
When then focused on the attribute of size. I had my son sort the buttons into two groups. We had the large buttons and the tiny buttons. This helped him work on visual discrimination skills.
Then we sorted the buttons by color. The bag of button I purchased had only pink, red, green, off white and blue buttons in it. It made it easy for my son to sort when he only had those five colors to work on.
Patterning with Buttons
We have been working on patterns for awhile at my house. This time I asked my son to come up with an AABAABAAB pattern. If we were just starting to pattern I would have had him work on an ABABAB pattern. Yes, I could call it an AB pattern, but when I was in college a professor once said children needed to see patterns repeated three times to recognize that it was a pattern.
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Aren’t these some great button activities? There are lots of fun ways to teach color matching and sorting. Take a look at these kids activities that teach similar early learning skills: