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.
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.
2. Have your child lay out the eggs on the floor in the correct sequential order.
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!
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?
What a great way to explore numbers!
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.
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)
A simple and fun activity! Festive too!
Love the idea! My little guy will think this is a great activity!
Great ideas! I needed you when I was doing mommy preschool:)
Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
Maggy & Alissa
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!
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