I don’t know whether it’s just me but I love buttons. My mum and grandmothers all had a button box when I was growing up and I have carried on the tradition. All the buttons that come extra with clothes go into that box as do buttons from clothes that have worn out as well as any that I see for sale and really catch my eye. Running my fingers through them as a child was one of my favourite things to do when the box was brought out and now as an adult I frequently jump into the box – a teddy needs a new eye, no problem I have a button that will do that, the buttons that come with a top are boring – I can change them up. This month’s book for the Virtual Book Club for Kids Corduroy by Don Freeman and the young girl Lisa fixing him with a button inspired us to bring out the button box and work on our ABC’s.
Materials needed for Button box ABC Creations
Optional – Download and print out the basic Alphabet outlines
Making Button Box ABC Creations
We started off reviewing our letters and identifying them then we got creating.
I would say out a letter and using the buttons from the button box T would create the letters. I found it a useful exercise to do with her as I discovered that she was reversing her a’s as well as confusing b and d. I now know that we need to do some extra practice on these letters.
Suggestions for younger children
Print out the Basic Alphabet outlines and using small buttons get them to place the buttons within the outlines – if you want bigger letters then you can scan in and print them out bigger. This is great for working on letter recognition at the same time as working on fine motor skills and a little pre-writing as you can encourage them to create the letters in the order that the writing would go.
Using the button why not create some sensory cards – using super tacky tape – USA Double Sided Super Sticky Tape – UK afix the letters to strong card stock and create your own sensory alphabet (similar to how our DIY sensory Alphabet with glitter card works).
Virtual Book Club for Kids
This months Virtual Book Club for Kids book of the month is the children’s classic storybook Corduroy by Don Freeman discover more fabulous learning and creative activities for toddlers through to Kinder aged children below from the co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids.
Learning Your Name with the Corduroy Book by Growing Book by Book
Pre-writing Fun Inspired by Corduroy by Toddler Approved
Teddy Bear Button Counting Activity by Mom Inspired Life
Corduroy’s Button Sensory Bin & Fine Motor Fun by Preschool Powol Packets
Teddy Bear Picnic Dessert Idea by The Educators’ Spin On It
Button Stacking by Still Playing School
Button Hop – A Movement Game for Toddlers by Inspiration Laboratories
Colorful Friendship Bracelets by Mama Miss
Corduroy Math: Learning with Buttons by I Can Teach My Child
Teddy Bear Number Button Matching by 3 Dinosaurs
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.