Buttons!

Buttons!

I love buttons! They can be used in so many ways & are a great alternative to glass pebbles (another love of mine). You can buy them quite cheaply from places like eBay & Amazon too! I thought I’d share a few of the activities we’ve done that have included buttons in some way. From time to time I share photos on my Instagram account & Facebook Page that I don’t share on here, so if you don’t follow me on those platforms, you might find some images which are new to you here. Apologies if you’ve already seen them!

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Transient Art

– with empty frames…

Transient art created from a provocation of curtain rings (screws removed), napkin rings, glass pebbles, leaves and empty frames - from Rachel (",)

– using placemats as a base…

Button art from Rachel (",)

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Line Designs

Line designs with buttons from Rachel (",)

Line designs with buttons from Rachel (",)

(The patterns below are free to download. Click on the image to take you to the post with the link.)

Fine motor work with (free downloadable) patterns with buttons from Rachel (",)

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Tracing Names 

Tracing names with buttons from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Skills

Tweezers, buttons & a cheap muffin tray…

Using fine motor skills to sort buttons into a cheap muffin tray from Rachel (",)

Buttons, cake cases, numbers and tweezers…

Buttons, cake cases, numbers and tweezers from Rachel (",)

Buttons, cake cases, numbers and tweezers from Rachel (",)

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Counting, Sorting, Number Recognition & Patterns

I use them a lot in maths activities. Cork mats, placemats, cheap chopping boards & chalk boards are fab used as base to define the area you are working in.

Counting…

Counting buttons from Rachel (",)

Counting snails from Rachel (",)

Number recognition, counting, simple addition & pattern work…

Dotty maths from Rachel (",)

 

Counting buttons from Rachel (",)

 

Number recognition and counting with buttons from Rachel (",)

 

Number recognition, counting, sorting, patterns and simple addition from Rachel (",)

 

Button play - number recognition, counting, simple addition & pattern work from Rachel (",)

Sorting colours…

Sorting buttons from Rachel (",)

Sorting shapes…

Sorting shape buttons from Rache (",)

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Phonics

You can even buy alphabet buttons! (You can buy the same ones from eBay.)

cvc work with alphabet buttons from Rachel ('",)

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Mirror Play

Taking them outdoors is great too!

(When exploring on a mirror outdoors, remember to be careful of the sun reflecting!)

Simple button play on a mirror outdoors from Rachel (",)

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A Few Photos Shared Previously

Click on the photo to take you to the original post…

Sorting & Counting

This is the image I use in some of my profile pictures. A very simple activity!

Sorting & Counting with Buttons - from Rachel (",)

Counting with Buttons

(The below image is a free printable. Click on the image to take you to the post with the link.)

Button numbers from Rachel (",)

Matching Activities

Button matching - from Rachel (",)

 

Play Dough Enhancements

They are great additions to the play dough! You may remember these two activities…

Play dough hedgehogs and other creations from Rachel (",)

Play dough portraits from Rachel (",)

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Rainbow Colours 

Sorting and patterns with buttons from Rachel (",)

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Light Box Play

Buttons and Poundland 'shot glasses' on the homemade lightbox from Rachel (",)

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Threading

– onto laces & pipe-cleaners…

Button snakes with laces and pipe-cleaners from Rachel (",)

Buttons are so versatile! Have you used them in any other ways?

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Thanks for reading!

Jars of buttons from Rachel (",)

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Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)

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