Help your child get a head start on geometry by helping her make her very own buttonboard! Similar to a geoboard, except instead of pegs, she'll use buttons. Your little one will be able to explore various shapes, letters and numbers and eventually patterns and even symmetry on her button board by wrapping string or yarn around the colorful buttons.
What You Need:
- Cardboard (12" x 18", or larger)
- Tempera Paint
- Low-heat hot glue gun (with parental supervision)
- String, yarn or rubber bands
What You Do:
- Have your child paint and decorate one side of the cardboard with tempera paints. Allow the paint to dry completely.
- Ask her to place out the buttons in straight rows across the cardboard.
- Help her to glue them in place with a hot glue gun.
- Have her cut different lengths of yarn, or string and tie them in a knot at the end, creating loops of various sizes.
- Encourage her to explore different shapes on her geoboard by wrapping the looped yarn or string around various buttons. See how many shapes she can create. What about numbers and letters? Also, challenge her to make symmetrical loops.