Corduroy Math: Learning with Buttons

Corduroy Math Learning with Buttons


Since I was a little girl, Corduroy by Don Freeman has been one of my absolute favorite books. I was so excited that it is this month’s pick for our Virtual Book Club for Kids.


Little Sister and I have been loosely working on one-to-one correspondence and number recognition lately. Little Brother has been working on skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for some Corduroy Math, inspired by this timeless book!


I created some teddy bear printables for this activity. The first 5 pages include numbers 1-10 and the remaining 3 pages are blank teddy bears. I couldn’t find green overalls, so we settled for a green shirt. :)  Laminating them is optional. I keep a bag of random buttons that have come with new clothes (and other buttons that I find here and there), so that is what we used.


Please Note:  Young children can easily choke on buttons, so I would not recommend this activity for children under 3. Be sure that your children are closely supervised thoughout this activity’s entirety.


Download the printable bear cards here.

Below you will find two different activities that use these cards.


One-to-One Correspondence & Number Recognition:

Corduroy Math

Say the number aloud and count with your child until you have added the appropriate number of buttons.


Corduroy Math



Corduroy Math

Little Sister loved putting the buttons all over the bear. :)


Corduroy Math



Corduroy Math




Skip Counting

Corduroy Math Skip Counting

You can either have your child add the buttons or you can put them on there ahead of time. Have your child count by 2’s…


Corduroy Math Skip Counting

…and 5’s…


Corduroy Math Skip Counting



Corduroy Math Skip Counting

…and counting by 10’s!



Check out more Corduroy activities here:

Button Box ABC Creations  ::  Rainy Day Mum

Learning Your Name with Corduroy  ::  Growing Book by Book

Teddy Bear Button Counting Activity  ::  Mom Inspired Life

Teddy Bear Picnic Dessert Idea  ::  The Educator’s Spin on It

Button Stacking  ::  Still Playing School

Pre-Writing Fun Inspired by Corduroy  ::  Toddler Approved

Button Hop  ::  Inspiration Laboratories

Colorful Friendship Bracelets  ::  Mama Miss

Teddy Bear Number Matching  ::  3 Dinosaurs

Button Sensory Bin  ::  Preschool Powol Packets

Button STEM Activity Challenge  ::  The Educator’s Spin on It



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