button game and printable

I've still got buttons on the brain.

It's all Pete's fault.  Those buttons keep going Pop!  Pop! Pop! in my head.

I played a button game with my kidlets that someone posted about this Spring - please let me know if it was you so credit can go where it is due.

At the beginning of the game, all the buttons are in the middle of the dish (a devilled egg tray).

The (first) player rolls the dice.  That number of buttons are taken from the middle section. They are placed in the first section. Once 5 buttons are in the first section, then the buttons can be put into the next section.

The goal is to have 5 buttons in every impression.

Clear as mud?

It's good practice understanding how 5 can be put together and taken apart.

In Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, Pete has only four buttons.  I have taken the liberty of adding a button. Five is one hand, half of ten, a prime number.  I beg Pete's forgiveness.

I made some "button sets"  from 1 to 5, along with addition and subtraction signs and single buttons.  Put the buttons into your pocket chart and do some Pete-style addition and subtraction.  There are single buttons to use for the answer of the equation.  

Click on the graphics for a free printable.  Leave me a comment if you use the buttons - I'd love to hear your ideas. 



  1. I came across your blog name and just had to click. It just makes me smile. I am your newest follower. Pop in for a visit if you find a moment :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  2. Hi Sandi,

    We love buttons too and I just picked up some wonderful ivory shell buttons from the thrift store. Thanks for the ideas! Liz


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