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.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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Prop Boxes are groups of dramatic play materials that are based on a theme. Bring out a Gardening Prop Box in the spring (especially during National Lawn and Garden Month – April). It is easy to put together a Gardening Prop Box.
Just grab a tote/container, and collect the following items. Put some potting soil in the your sensory table and let kids use the props to grow pretend or real flowers and vegetables. Click Here for tote label that you can laminate and tape on the tote. Prop boxes are meant to invoke the imagination of children. Providing prop boxes with basic items for dramatic play can be very beneficial for children.
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Sensory Tables are great fun for children and they get to learn through hands-on experimenting. Changing the fillers in the sensory table every couple weeks will keep children’s attention and interest, plus it gives them something new to experiment with. Here is a list of ideas for filling your sensory table:
|Pom Pom Balls
|Colored Craft Sand
A sensory table (or bin) gives children the opportunity to explore the world around them by experimenting, manipulating, observing and exploring. Sensory tables provide children with fine and gross motor skill development, hand-eye coordination, math skills, science skills, and communication skills. Because sensory play is mostly self-directed, it also helps children develop self-esteem.
Here are 5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial (thank you Homeschoolin’ Mama):
- Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
- Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
- This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
- Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
- This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)
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