This post may contain affiliate links. View the full disclosure statement for more details. Sign up for the Schooling a Monkey newsletter to gain access to more hands-on activity ideas!
We love totschooling activities, but with Monkey in fourth grade and my work schedule, we need the activities to be as simple as possible. That is why we love no-prep toschooling activities. Today’s activity is button color sorting.
Button Color Sorting Activity for Preschool
This easy button color sorting activity is perfect for kids who don’t know all their colors.
This activity is amazingly easy, which is why it is a favorite here! We love doing this button color sorting activity when Monkey is taking a test, focusing on school, or reading. Bo can’t do this activity on her own (buttons would end up everywhere), but it is the perfect low-key activity to try during the day. If you have a spare bag lying around, this could easily be converted into a busy bag.
Cover the table in colored paper. Use one color of paper for each color of button that you have (we had pink, green, blue, white, and yellow paper when we did our activity). You can even create a multi-colored page if you want to be super fancy.
Let your toddler sort the buttons based on the color. Help her decide which color is the predominate color for mixed-color buttons and how close a color has to be to the paper to be included on that sheet. For some reason, Bo wanted to put a bunch of white buttons on our green piece of paper. I think she saw them as having a green tint to them.
When you are done with the activity, dump the bottoms back into your button box (ours is a can) and play again another day!
Lesson Expansion Ideas
- Count the buttons as you sort them
- Create button patterns
- Sort other small objects by color (like these clay manipulatives)
- Use the buttons to make pictures and shapes
- Glue the buttons to the paper
More Totschooling Ideas
Join the Homeschooling 101 group for more hands-on teaching ideas!