Button Sorting Cups

Button Sorting Cups

When I visit just about any kind of store, I love strolling down the clearance isle. On a recent trip to the craft store I did just that and found a couple of packages of large colorful buttons. While I had no idea what I would use them for, I just had to get them – after all, they were on clearance!ake and Toss Bowls

It didn’t take me long to figure out what to do with them.  Awhile back, I made some Color Sorting and Matching Activities for Toddlers. Looking at those sitting on a shelf in my craft room motivated me to do something similar with these buttons.

The first thing I did was visit my local Walmart and bought some colorful bowls. I got these Take and Toss Bowls With Lids because the colors matched the button colors so well. The only problem I ran into was that I had to buy 2 packages of the bowls because the lids were different colors than the bowls.




Once I got home, I grabbed a utility knife and a cutting mat. I cut a small opening in each of the lids. Make sure the hole is just big enough to slip a button in to.

Cut button hole in bowl lid

That is all you need to do to make the button sorting cups.  Snap the lids onto the bowls. Now you can show your child how to slip the buttons into each cup.  Encourage the child to match the color of the buttons to the matching color cup.  They can also practice counting as they slip each button into a cup.

finished button sorting bowls

6 comments for “Button Sorting Cups

  1. 11/16/2013 at 11:48 pm

    This is just so cute and brilliant (and simple too)! Can’t wait to make our own. My girls will love this. Thanks!

  2. 11/19/2013 at 4:06 pm

    Wow this is great!!! Going to share it on our Facebook page
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  3. 12/29/2013 at 2:18 pm

    My favorite type of toy is one I can make myself for my son! I made something similar with a metal formula can and baby food lids and he loves it. As he gets older, I would love to make this for him – and we already have those little tupperwares! :) Thanks for sharing.

  4. Faye
    02/10/2014 at 10:51 am

    I purchased the materials and made this over the weekend for the children in my home daycare. It was a big hit! Not only is this a sorting game, but it encourages back and forth communication, working cooperatively with a peer, and self-correcting skills. The children also had opportunities to reset their play by taking off the lids and starting over. Since I work with multi-age groups, this activity is great when paring a younger child with an older or more skilled child.

    I purchased 2 bags of the Favorite Findings Big Bag of Buttons instead, which is great if you want to add in the size skill, but now I have purple and light blue buttons left over as well as a lot of very small buttons. Oh well, I will find another use for them :-) I actually like the buttons that used instead, but noticed that I would have to buy multiple packages especially since they only include one green in each pack :-/ That I did not understand.

    Thank you so much for sharing this activity.

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