Make a homemade button snake to teach kids how to do up buttons. They’ll have fun “buttoning” felt squares onto a ribbon while they strengthen their fine motor skills and learn how to pass a button through a button hole.
Doing up a button is no easy task for a toddler! A homemade button snake is easy to make, and it’s a great tool to help kids learn how to do buttons.
It’s one of my favourite homemade toys, and one of the hooligans favourite things to play with.
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Supplies needed to make a button snake:
How to make a button snake:
Cut a your felt into 2.5 inch squares. Ensure that your squares are a bit bigger than your button.
For toddlers, I like to use a button that is about the size of a quarter. For older children you could use a smaller button.
With your scissors, make a slit in the center of the felt square. This can be done easily by folding your square in half and making a small notch. Ensure your button will fit through this hole.
With a needle and thread, sew your button onto one end of your ribbon.
Slip one square of felt onto the button snake, and slid it all the way to the end of the ribbon. Knot it in place so it acts as a stopper.
Just look at the concentration!
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