Sweet Pea is 39 months old.
From: I found this great post full of ideas for buttons at The Activity Mom.
- A bag of plastic craft buttons. (We got ours from Micheal’s.)
- A thin tipped marker
- A piece of paper.
- Select several different shaped buttons.
- Use the marker to draw an outline around each button.
- Gather your tot, the selected buttons and the paper.
- Pick up a button and say, “I am going to find where this button belongs.”
- Slowly move it over each of the outlines until you come to the one that fits.
- Place the button inside the outline as you say, “Here it is! This outline matches this button.”
- Leave the button in its correct spot.
- Help your tot as needed to finish the rest of the buttons.
Observations: This started out well. Sweet Pea was sooo excited about the bag of buttons and kept asking, “What activity are we going to do?” the entire time I was drawing the outlines. However, almost as soon as I had shown her what to do, she was tired of it. It’s hard to say exactly what the problem was, but I think that maybe she was too old for it.
Sweet Pea’s expression in the picture below clearly showcases her feelings regarding this activity.
Oh well, I have lots more ideas for her that involve the bag of buttons, one of which, is just letting her do whatever the heck she wants with them.
I’m sure Sweet Pea wouldn’t recommend this activity, but it was fairly quick to set up so it might be worth a try.
Notes from the Trenches: I wish I would have drawn fewer outlines. Of course, I wanted to draw an outline for every single unique button shape that was in the bag and I think that might have overwhelmed Sweet Pea a little bit. Perhaps if I would have only drawn 6 button outlines, she would have been more compelled to finish it. Of course, then it would have only taken her 4 seconds to complete it any way.
Oh, and I’m sure the buttons are a huge choking hazard, so watch your tot closely.
Rating: 2 Stars * (Easy, Independent – after initial set-up)