Monday, April 16, 2012

Teaching Kids to Button- Make it Fun!

I attended an amazing conference this weekend and I learned all sorts of fun and creative therapy ideas! Now, I'm looking forward to sharing them with you. I want to give credit to Leslie Adler, MA, OTR for this's totally hers! Thanks Leslie :)

Do you dread working on buttoning skills? You have to pull out the button board or button vest over and over again, which can get old. How about a new trick for your tool box? This buttoning string is sew easy (ha! ha!) to make! All you need: 1 button (I used a larger size, but you can vary the size based on the child's skill level), yarn, felt, scissors, and googly eyes.

Take 3 pieces of yarn that are 8 to 10 inches long and braid them together. Sew a circular piece of felt on one end, and the button on the other. Now, cut 4 or 5 different shapes out of the felt (see photo for size). I made flowers, a fish, and a butterfly. Add googly eyes and other decorations, if desired. Cut a small slit in each shape. Make sure that it's just the right size for your button to fit through. If you have a sewing machine, you can use it to stitch around your buttonholes, just so they don't stretch out. Now you have a buttoning string! See the video below:

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  1. Love this! I'm always looking for fun ways to work on the dreaded button and zipper skills.

  2. You did great job... your blog is amusing and having nice info... thanks for sharing.
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  3. Could this be considered an adaptive buttoning technique?

  4. Could this be considered an adaptive buttoning technique?