I remember Donald Crews books from when I was a child. This illustrations are so simple and engaging...so when I saw 10 Black Dots by Donald Crews on the shelf at the thrift store, I knew I couldn't leave it there.
For our activity, I pulled out our number squares. You can see how I made them here, or you could easily make something similar with just paper. My kids love it when I pull out the number squares, and they love it when I pull out the buttons, so this activity was a double success as far as they were concerned.
Also, don't be surprised if your living room looks like this when you're done...because it turns out brightly colored buttons are fun to throw around too...especially when you're overdue for a nap.
And as a bit of a disclaimer...you'll want to be careful giving kids buttons to play with. Buttons can be a choking hazard. Sweet Pea is almost 2 and not at all inclined to put them in her mouth. However, many toddlers her age DO put things like buttons in their mouths, so you need to know your child and their abilities. Be sure to supervise them at all times.
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