Indoor Games for Kids

Tossing Buttons

Flip buttons onto numbered spaces.
Flip buttons onto numbered spaces.
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Tossing buttons combines athletic skills with math ability. This indoor game involves flicking buttons at a numbered board. Follow the steps below to learn how to play.

What You'll Need:

  • Paper
  • Colored markers or crayons
  • Ruler
  • 24 buttons (12 of one color, 12 of another)
  • Score pad

Step 1: Using a blank piece of paper, make a game board with 12 same-size squares. Randomly label each square with the numbers 1 - 12.

Step 2: Once your game board is complete, place it on a table. Place your 12 colored buttons next to the board, then flick each button with your fingernail onto the board.

Step 3: Add up your score based on where your buttons landed (for example, if all 12 of your buttons landed on the 10 square, give yourself 120 points.) Make a note of your score on the score pad.

Step 4: Pick up your buttons, and watch your friend flick his or her buttons. You can also play against yourself to better your own score.

Tossing buttons combines agility with math skills. Continue reading to test your mental agility by learning to play a guessing game.

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