Buttoning is a fun fine motor skill to work on! It is more motivating when it involves our children’s favorite characters; in this case, Noodle & Pals from Super Simple Songs on YouTube!
Here, we created peek-a-boo buttoning boards that progressed from easy to more challenging buttoning skills.
Step 1: Cut up a piece of cardboard of your desired size (Our cardboard is the blue & white checkered print in the photo).
Step 2: Cut felt to your desired size. Ensure there will be enough overlap between the felt pages when you close the buttoning board.
Step 3: Glue the edge of the felt to the edges of the backside of the cardboard.
Step 4: Glue/sew the buttons on one side of one of the felt pages.
Step 5: Cut out slits to match the sizes of your buttons on the other felt page.
Step 6: Optional – take a marker & outline the edges of the button openings (the slits you just cut), so it makes it easier to visually identify the location of the buttonhole opening.
Step 7: Print, cut & glue on your child’s favorite character at the top of the cardboard sheet.
Tips and Grading Options:
- Insert popsicle sticks through slits on a coffee cup lid.
- Insert coins into piggy banks.
- Pick out buttons from playdough.
To make it easier:
- Start with fewer buttons.
- Create larger buttoning hole openings.
- Highlight the buttoning hole openings by drawing around them (such as the black markings in the photo).
- Use larger buttons.
- Demonstrate how to button & use simple language.
To make it more challenging:
- Increase the number of buttons.
- Create smaller buttoning hole openings.
- Use smaller buttons.
- Use fabric with busy patterns.
- Use fabric with flimsier material.
As always, ensure safety in all activities. Provide assistance and supervision as needed.