Button Activities: Color Matching and More

Kids love to play with colorful buttons so here are some great ideas for button activitiesColor 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.

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Button 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.

Button Play

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.

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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…

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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.

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Color Matching

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.

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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.

More Kids Activities

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:

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Deirdre Smith writes/owns JDaniel4’s Mom. After twenty years as a elementary school and technology resource teacher in Northern Virginia, she became a stay at home mom in upstate South Carolina. Her blog features ways she and her 5 year old are exploring learning, crafting, creating healthy meals and living life to its fullest. Deirdre can also be found on twitter as @jdaniel4smom and on her blog's FB page. You can also check her out on Google+.