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Buttons, Buttons, Buttons!

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons!
Find a bag of shaped buttons at your local craft store and turn that one bag into unlimited fun with 15+ learning activities!
kids activities using buttons
Sorting Buttons

Sort the buttons by shape.
Sort the buttons by color.

We used plastic lids as a sorting tool.
counting buttons

Counting Buttons

I used a this tray from the dollar store, but a muffin tin also works well for counting buttons.
DIY puzzle using buttons

DIY Button Puzzle

Trace buttons on a piece of paper and challenge your child to match them up.
trace a letter with buttons

Trace a Letter

Draw a letter and challenge your child to trace it with the buttons.

patterning with buttons

Patterning with Buttons

Start patterns and have your child finish each pattern.

matching with buttons

Button Matching

Put a pile of several pairs of buttons in front of your child and challenge him to find the matches.
Dice Game with Buttons

Fill a 10 Frame

Make a grid and roll the die to fill it up with buttons.
threading buttons

Stack Buttons onto Toothpicks

Stick toothpicks into styrofoam. Stack the buttons onto the toothpicks.

 sorting buttons

One Button in Each Section

Great one to one correspondence practice
I-Spy Buttons Game

I-Spy Buttons

I spy a pink star. I spy a blue square.

balancing buttons

Tracing Foam Letters

These foam letters are a bath tub toy, but balancing buttons on top was fun!
graphing with buttons

Which one has more?

lacing buttons

Lacing Buttons on Pipe Cleaners

Make a bracelet or sort and lace a certain shaped button.
balancing buttons

Button Balancing

Balance buttons on a craft stick (It is trickier than you might think and toddlers love the challenge.)


Wednesday 20th of June 2012

I just bought these buttons and I will be using your activity ideas with my son next month! So excited!


Tuesday 19th of June 2012

This is a fantastic idea and I love the way that all the comments have extended on the activities. I have been thinking about buying some buttons for ages but they are so expensive may have a look on e bay for a batch. What annoys me more is that as a kid we used to play with a massive box of buttons but they were thrown out! Off I go to buy buttons you have inspired me.

Jennifer Dodge

Sunday 4th of March 2012

Cut a slot in a plastic lid and put them through: addition practice (put in 2, put in 2 more, how many are in there) plus fine motor practice for buttoning


Saturday 19th of November 2011

I too found a similar bag at Joann's and thought $5.99 really!? But bought them anyway since I had a coupon:) Now I know many ways to use them. Thanks for posting!


Wednesday 27th of July 2011

You could put one in a paper bag and lay out "choices" then give the child clues so they can figure out which shape it is (I have 4 sides etc).