I do a lot of sorting activities with Mary (31 months). She loves them but I’m always looking for something different to do. I was reading in The Happy Mommy Handbook by Katie Norris and Susan Case and saw an idea for buttons. I have since found out that buttons are a lot of fun for kids. I wanted to show you two different sorting activities we have done with buttons. I use the same buttons for both activities.
What you need for both activities: basket, sorting container (found mine in the dollar section at Target) and plastic buttons.
I started Mary on sorting color first. I had my older daughters pick 4 colors and then pull out all the buttons of that color. It was fun for the older girls to be involved in the activity. We repeated this activity until she had done all the colors.
I set it up with 4 colors. Mary and I went through and labeled the colors. Mary pointed to each color as we said them.
Mary started to sort through the colors. Mary liked to do one color at a time. She would often put it in the wrong box and says “no match”.
Once Mary finishes she likes to show me her empty basket.
Shapes is always harder after doing colors. Mary’s first reaction was to sort them by colors. We went over the shapes in the 4 bins.
Mary was confused at first with all the colors in the basket.
Soon Mary was going and sorting her shapes one at a time.
Something so simple and fun for little ones. Buttons are lots of fun. I’ll have several more posts on buttons coming soon look for them this month!
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com