There are a lot of things that you can do with buttons (besides wear them!). Children can use buttons for sorting, patterning, fine motor activities, art, and much more.
Here are some button activities for National Button Day on November 16:
- Put buttons in the sensory table.
- Put buttons in the sand table and use colanders, sand sifters, or slotted spoons (with thin slots) to scoop out the buttons.
- Make button rubbings. Place puzzle pieces under a sheet of paper. Using the side of a crayon, rub the buttons.
- Who’s Wearing Buttons? Ask children to look at their clothes and see if they have any buttons. Have the children count the number of buttons that they are wearing. Make a graph of how many buttons each child is wearing.
- Make a picture frame and have children glue buttons on it. Put children’s pictures in their frame for a parent gift.
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About National Button Day:
National Button Day is observed annually on November 16. Founded in 1938, the National Button Society recognized button collecting as an organized hobby. Both novice and advanced button collectors celebrate the enjoyment collecting on this day.
Do you remember your grandmother or your mother snipping the buttons off shirts that were headed for the rag basket and then collecting them in jars? Maybe you even played games or strung them for ornaments and crafts. The buttons were fun to stack into piles, sort by color or size, or scatter/slide across the floor or table making up different games each time.
Crafters across the country utilize buttons in creative ways and are some of the best at finding new uses for old items. There are thousands of button collectors in the United States.
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