Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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If you remember playing Go, Fish! when you were young, you might want to introduce a different version for your grandchildren, using buttons. Button-Red (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Supplies A range of buttons of various sizes, colors and shapes, that each have at least two so they can be paired One large container for the buttons that you cannot see through Small boxes that you cannot see through Instructions Have each of your grandchildren draw out 7 buttons from the no-see-through container and put them in their own no-see-through boxes Draw out your own seven buttons and put them in your own... (Read More ...)

This is a story about a girl who spills all the buttons in Grandma’s button box while Grandma is out taking her morning walk. Spanish metal button circa 1650-1675, 12mm diameter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) She loves Grandma’s button box because Grandma tells a story about each button. There are buttons from Grandma’s wedding dress, her own baby sweater. Lost buttons that turned up in the doghouse, the fishbowl, the gerbil’s cage. Buttons from everyone in the family – Grandpa’s suspenders, her brother’s tuba recital. She and her brother and sister looked all over to find all the buttons... (Read More ...)

Rounding numbers. Vintage sewing buttons. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We use ten as a basis for a lot of math activities. Because we have ten fingers and toes, it is an easy place to start. If we had eleven fingers, our math system would probably be based on eleven. But, what if you don’t need to know the exact number of something, just close? You might want to round to the nearest number that can be divided by ten. Any number that ends with five or more (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) is rounded up to the next number that can be divided by ten. Any number between zero and four (0, 1, 2, 3, 4) is rounded down... (Read More ...)