Activity 1: I poured the buttons in a muffin tin and let the children explore with them for a few minutes. They grabbed them with their hands and moved them from place to place.
Next, each child was given a letter card and they had to find their matching letter button.
Activity 2: Sort the buttons by color.
Toddlers love pouring items from container to container.
Spelling. If the child is a beginner... put the letters that they will need with a couple extra in one container or laid out in front of them so the child does not become overwhelmed. C wanted to spell cat so she found a C and A and T. Then she wanted to spell mat so she removed a letter and added m.
Do you see the B, S, and H? I pulled these letters out of the muffin tin after she made Mat to help guide her to make more AT words besides cat and mat. This is the first time that she was spelling so I didn't want her to be overwhelmed by digging in the tin for the letters.
Activity 5: Letter Hunt
I called out a letter and C would pull it out of the tin! She was so proud! For a modification, you could have them focus on one muffin slot or to make it more challenging you could have them look at the entire tin.
Activity 6: Color Hunt
I called out the color orange and the children searched in the tin for an orange letter and pulled it out and showed me.
Activity 7: Putting the buttons in ABC order.
Things to keep in mind when using the buttons are the letters are all uppercase and they are small. We had so much fun exploring with them and they beg me to play with them everyday!
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