I love doing STEM activities with preschoolers. STEM for preschoolers is all about learning about the basics of how the world works and the thinking process that is necessary to complete more complicated STEM and science activities later. Learning how to sort and classify items is an important STEM skill for preschoolers, and in this simple button sorting activity preschoolers learn how to classify buttons by color. We are always happy to find new preschool STEM activities to try!
Button Color Sorting Activity for Preschool
This easy button color sorting activity is perfect for kids who don’t know all their colors. It’s also just fun to do as a rainy day activity when preschoolers can’t go outside to play!
Preschoolers love sorting things, so it’s a lot of fun for them even when they do know their colors. And I haven’t met a preschooler yet who doesn’t like buttons (just watch out for choking hazards).
Supplies for the Color Button Sorting Activity
You really only need just a couple of things to get this button sorting activity done! You need buttons, and you need paper. You can also print out the templates from our other color sorting printable activity if you want to get fancy!
But, in case you don’t have any of these items, you can get them from Amazon using the links below:
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Here are some of my favorite essentials for preschool STEM bins!
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Button Color Sorting Activity Set-Up
This activity is amazingly easy, which is why it is a favorite here! We love doing this button color sorting activity with curious preschoolers.
Most preschoolers won’t be able to do this activity on their own (buttons would end up everywhere), but it is the perfect low-key activity to try during the day.
If you have a spare bag lying around, this could easily be converted into a busy bag.
Color Sorting Lesson Plan Expansion Ideas
Here are some additional things you can do in this activity to expand on what the preschoolers learn while doing it!
- Count the buttons as you sort them
- Create button patterns
- Sort other small objects by color (like these clay manipulatives)
- Use the buttons to make pictures and shapes
- Glue the buttons to the paper
- Use this activity as a way to introduce scientific classification to preschoolers
More Preschool STEM Activities that We Love!
Here are some other fun STEM activities for preschool that have always been a hit with my preschoolers!
How to Do the Button Sorting Activity with Preschoolers
Follow along with the directions below to learn how to use the button sorting activity in your classroom or at home with your own preschooler. You can also print out these directions and save them for use later in case you forget some of the STEM extensions we created!
What are some of your favorite sorting activities to do with your preschoolers? Don’t forget to grab our free set of preschool STEM challenges for more hands-on STEM ideas like our button sorting activity that preschoolers love!