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Statistics: Button, Button

In this math activity, learners read "The Button Box" by Margarette S. Reid and then make their own button boxes filled with different buttons. Learners count and classify the buttons and record their discoveries in their own books titled, "My Button Box." Learners also guess the number of buttons a pair of students can hold. Learners examine and discuss the differences in making guesses and making estimates based on definitive information. Learners analyze a class line plot of data they collect.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
    • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Collecting
  • Literature


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, PBS, ©2012

Funding Source:

  • US Department of Education