Thursday, April 11, 2013

The humble button

I was ordering some school supplies the other day and added these to my cart.


These little beauties supply hours of fun...
 
 
 sorting
 

Dumping
 
 
Pushing
 
 
Observing
 



Working together


Lest you think buttons are just for fun play, they are a terrific teaching tool too.  They encourage:
  • fine motor skills {index/thumb grasping, stacking}
  • sorting skills by size and color
  • observational skills {details of the patterns, number of holes, edges, shape, texture}
  • color recognition {beyond red, yellow, blue, like aqua, magenta, gold, silver}
You can play games with buttons too like "I Spy", or "Hide the Button", or "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?"  Then, of course, you can teach the ever so basic skill of sewing a button onto a piece of fabric. 
 
If you have littles in your home, this is a very inexpensive "unplugged" activity, but of course use caution as some like to put them in their mouth.  

Even if you don't have littles in your home now, keep in mind that they are a fun "Grandma and Grandpa's house" activity.

Be it ever so humble, the button is a little gem {and sometimes even looks like one}  ;-)

 

1 comment:

  1. I agree, buttons are so much fun!! Especially when you have a bucket full like that. x)

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