Cool Math Activity: With Eggs and Buttons

This week we’ve been having a lot of fun creating learning activities that also relate to some of our favorite spring topics- eggs, bunnies, and flowers.

Today I want to share a cool counting game we created using buttons and some large foam eggs.

This would also be a great way to not only learn math, but help your child help associate words with different letters. This is one of the many activities that start with e that can help your child learn e for egg a little easier. And let’s not forget b for buttons! It is also a great way to associate a new word with the letter b.

Math with buttons

Materials Needed for Egg Math:

  • Large foam eggs (or some eggs cut out of paper)
  • number stickers
  • buttons (or any other object you could use for counting)

Directions for Egg Math:

1. Put a number sticker on each foam egg. We worked on numbers 1-10.

Math with buttons

2. Have your child lay out the eggs on the floor in the correct sequential order.

Math with buttons

3. Give your child a cup or bag filled with buttons (or another counting object) and encourage them to add the correct number of buttons to each egg.

For example, on the egg that says #4, the child would place four buttons on it.

This is a simple and fun hands on way to practice math skills like counting and number recognition!

Other Skills Embedded Into This Activity:

  • vocabulary building (we talked about the button sizes, shapes, colors, and placement)
  • one to one correspondence (teaching child to match numbers to objects or object to object)
  • fine motor skills practice (picking up and manipulating the stickers and buttons is a great way to strengthen little fingers)
  • counting up/adding on

Ten Little Eggs by Jean Marzollo would be a fun book to read along with this activity since it is a simple book that talks about colors and counting. The eggs in the book are 3-D and are also a lot of fun to touch!

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Looking for other Math activities to do with your kids?

Practice Drawing a Straight Line – with numbers.

Learn how numbers correspond to a quantity with this simple preschool math activity.

Want to join us in Lego Math?   It’s a Friday tradition over here.

Do you have any favorite egg counting books or activities to share with us?

15 Comments

  1. That looks so fun.. and easy. I need easy at this time of year! It gets so busy. A variation that might be fun is to hide buttons in eggs and then let them find, open the eggs, count the buttons and place them on the correct egg.

  2. Jackie- me too! My favorite sort of activities are simple ones like these! Love that variation! We also did this one with chocolate eggs, instead of button (which the kids liked too)

  3. Love the idea! My little guy will think this is a great activity!

  4. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Great ideas! I needed you when I was doing mommy preschool:)

  5. What I love about this is you could easily modify it for older kids. Draw a line across the center of your egg – for fractions. Put at the top “5 squared” or “81 divided by 9” or something. I love it!

  6. This is so great! I love the Easter theme to help the kids have fun with math. Thanks for linking up to What I Learned Wednesday! I’m featuring this on Wednesday!

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