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 idea...it'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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2 comments:

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

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