Buttons are very colorful and grabs the attention of kids very easily. They are so fascinated by it. This activity is very simple to set up & perfect for toddlers. (You could also try this with infants, as early as 9 months old- develops pincer grip- but with precaution) Supervise your kids while doing this- they might be curious to put the buttons into their mouth. Miss D(21 months) was excited to try this activity. Although she doesnt put things in her mouth anymore, we used big buttons just incase, so they can’t be swallowed.
What you need
- Big colorful Buttons
- Small plastic container
- Permanent Marker(optional)
- Make a slit on the lid big enough to fit the button.
- Mark the edges using the permanent marker. This is totally optional. I just did it for easy guidance.
- Close the plastic container with the lid. Let your LOs push the buttons through the marked slit.
Do not make the slits too big, that the buttons just slide into it. Make it the right size – it fits into the slit, but needs a little push to go through. This activity develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and concentration. Also talk about the different colors as they do it.
You could also make this a color sorting activity for preschoolers. Mark the color to be sorted on the slit and let your kids push only that color buttons into the container. Miss D did great at this activity. She enjoyed the colors and texture of the buttons. And the fun part, after pushing the buttons through – she shaked the container to listen to the rattle sound the buttons made. Miss A handled it all like a pro! She spoke about different colors, her favourites and also played a little game “find something” in our play room in the same color as the button. Then somehow ended up using them in pretend play. It was really interesting to see little heads at work 😀