What you will needVarious Large Buttons
Glue (I used E-6000 glue I got at Walmart but a hot glue gun or Elmers might work)
Baking Sheet or a Magnetic Surface
Building the Concept of OFF & ONStart with some button magnets on the pan and others off. Then begin to ask your child questions that require them to take OFF or put ON buttons… You can also practice off and on by using a light switch with your child
Examples: Put ON a purple button or “purple ON”
Take OFF 3 buttons or “3 buttons OFF”
Working on ADDITION & SUBTRACTION
Make math hands on and fun for your child. For many children math can be difficult because they can not visualize it. Using the buttons will give them a visual aid to help.
Make it fun and relatable for them. Make the math problem a story that connects to their interests. For example, if your child likes frogs than you might pose a question like this. ..
Mr. Green Frog has a jacket with 4 buttons, but when he jumped to the lily pads 1 fell off. Now how many are on Mr. Green Frog’s jacket.
Building COUNTING Skills
Count by placing the button magnets on the pan or by taking them off. Great for clean up time when you are finished playing with the buttons. Count one by one as you put them away.
Help your child learn colors by asking them to take a specific color ON or OFF the pan. You can also have your child classify the colors into piles on the pan.
If you have some matching buttons you can set up a matching game. The parent has one side of the pair while the match in ON the pan. The parent will hold up the button magnet they have and ask the child to seek for the match on the pan.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEAS THAT WORK WITH THIS CONCEPT. YOUR COMMENTS ARE APPRECIATED