Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom surprised us with a package last week. She sent us a great collection of different buttons. Anna was thrilled and wanted to play with them so many times since we got this gift. Of course, I couldn’t resist fitting some math games in:
- Category sorting – I drew four circles for sorting – large, medium, small and “unusual”, and Anna had great fun sorting buttons into categories. Then she counted smaller sets, and I showed her how to count big sets by groups of 10.
- Visual Discrimination – she would close her eyes and pick three buttons. Then she described in detail how they are the same and different. For example, some of the buttons were butterflies, but they were of a different color. She was also noticing small details such as number of holes.
- “Buying buttons” for necklace making. She had to tell me how many buttons she wants to buy and pay for them with counting erasers. Then she could use them to make necklaces – one of her favorite activities.
- I also wanted to use buttons as non-standard measurement unit to measure craft sticks and such, but we didn’t get there yet. Instead we had fun using them as quick rattles in the plastic boxes.
- If you have any other ideas for playing with buttons, do let me know. I love reusing ideas from my blogging friends.