Party Tray Sorting: Buttons and Coins

I shared a few weeks ago about these fun, colorful plastic party trays that I found that can be also used for sorting items. (Here is the link to Party Tray Sorters.) Here are two more ways to use them with things that you probably have lying around the house. Using a party tray like this makes it super simple to set up, easy to have the items contained while also providing a good space to sort into.

My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Sorting Buttons By Color

I have a huge bag of buttons that I have accumulated over the years but also found these great little containers of different colored buttons at Michael’s. (Here is a previous post on Button Sorting using a winter theme.)

Party tray + buttons = Easy sorting station

My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Sort the buttons by color

Sorting buttons by color.

My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Sorting Coins

My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Coin Sorting

Coins sorted.

Andrew sorting coins.

We did this particular station activity during our last My Obstacle Course. It was great to see him able to identify the coins but also learn the difference between nickels and quarters by placing close attention to the details on the coin. I got to point out the different presidents and also remind him that Monticello is on the nickel and is a place that he has visited when we lived in Virginia.

He sorted them systematically, sifting through them to find the specific coin he was working on. He was also talking to himself, reading the words on the coins as he was sorting, saying things like, “Liberty” and “In God We Trust.” It was very sweet to listen to! 🙂

Engage, Encourage and Empower!


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