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We have a lot of buttons in our house, a lot of buttons. They are great for fun & colorful crafts. My daughter loves to craft with them & she loves to play with them too. She likes to separate them into color piles & use them in games of make believe. One of her favorite things to do is to make pretend soup. This gave me an idea. We could turn our game of pretend into a fun counting activity.
We made a recipe which incorporated counting, measuring, separating colors & following directions.
Here is a printable version of our Button Soup Recipe.
We set up a large empty bowl & another filled with water. I told her to measure & add 4 cups of water to her empty bowl. She carefully measured out her scoops & added them to her bowl.
We read off the numbers & colors of each ingredient. She dug through her pile of buttons & counted and pulled out each color.
She mixed up her soup enthusiastically & in the end added the whole bag of buttons after finishing the recipe.
This was a fun activity. You can change the recipe to add different ingredients & more measurements for a lesson in measurements as well.
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What a great and fun way to teach counting. Definitely looks like Mai was having fun with her soup! 🙂