Shyra, a kindergarten teacher friend, shared the idea for this activity with me. She saw a need for it in her classroom, so I hope others will as well. I know in my own classroom, the children always performed better when they were given a defined space to work in. It helps to keep them organized. These button sorting jar mats will be perfect to help keep them on task when working in small groups, stations/centers or individually.
Button Sorting Jar Mats
The button sorting activity was designed to be used with buttons found in most Early Childhood classrooms. Students can sort by shape or color. Plus, I just recently updated my product from 8 mats, to 88 mats. This allows them to sort by shape AND color because each button has it’s own mat. If your classroom isn’t equipped with these buttons, printable buttons are provide as well. The buttons were updated, making them larger, which will make them easier to cut out and easier for students to manipulate.
Just print onto cardstock, laminate and cut out.
Also included is a student response sheet. Students will need to be able to count the buttons on each mat and write the number.
The Button Sorting Jar Mats activity is a great activity for small groups, Math stations/centers or individual work. Newly included follow up worksheets which can be used for independent work or assessments. Great activity for morning work, early finishers, new or struggling learners or special education classrooms.
If you want the Button Sorting Jar Mats with printable buttons and activities for your classroom, click HERE. Even without purchasing, if you have these buttons, your students can still sort them and use this FREE response sheet for their answers. Click HERE for the response sheet.
Shyra, hope you enjoy your FREE Button Sorting Jars. Thanks for sharing your idea! 🙂
More Sorting Activities:
- Fill a quart ziploc bag (with a zipper) with assorted manipulatives. Students sort into groups by item or color.
- Collect marker tops, colored milk tops, soft drink tops, etc. Place into zippered ziploc bag for sorting. Mix items or sort particular items by color. Ex. sort all milk tops by color or mix milk tops, marker tops, and drink tops and sort by item
- Use colorful paper plates for easy sorting. This gives each group their own designated spot.
- Use a muffin tin to sort beads by color
- Sort buttons by number of holes – 2 or 4
- Sort toy animals by legs – 0, 2, 4
- Sort building blocks by shape and size
- Sort foods into fruits & vegetables
- Sort vehicles into land, sea and air
- Sort animals into land, sea and air
- Sort large and small size colored paper clips into colors and sizes
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