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.

Use buttons to create letters to help young children to recognise the shapes and names of the letters as they build each letter themselves.

Materials needed for Button box ABC Creations

Buttons

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.

Use buttons to create letters to help young children to recognise the shapes and names of the letters as they build each letter themselves.

Use buttons to create letters to help young children to recognise the shapes and names of the letters as they build each letter themselves.

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.

Use buttons to create letters to help young children to recognise the shapes and names of the letters as they build each letter themselves.

Suggestions for younger children

Use buttons to create letters to help young children to recognise the shapes and names of the letters as they build each letter themselves.

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.

Extension Idea

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 Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

5 Comments

  1. I am a little obsessed with buttons. I have several crafting idea that I would love to do in the hear future with my buttons collection. My daughter loves playing with my button collection and the idea of creating the shapes of letters is great. My sister’s favourite book was Corduroy. We have several copies of this book in our home. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I adore buttons – they’re all different whether they be shiny, old, new etc.
    My mum and her grandma always had button boxs as well so it’s something that I naturally started for myself when I was a child.
    Lily is a bit young for this but I think I might make her something for her wall ready for when she starts learning her ABCs – maybe a wall hanging with the letters made from buttons?
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Lucy
    X X

  3. What a fun way to learn your letters. I think it would be adorable to have your little one make their name too and even frame for a fun keepsake.

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