This simple homemade button snake is a great way to teach kids how to do up buttons. It’s a fun fine-motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers and takes only a few basic materials to make.
Learning to pass a button through a button hole is no easy task for a toddler! That’s where a button snake can help! A simple homemade button snake will help your child learn to do up buttons, and it’s a really fun fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Of all the homemade toys I’ve made for the hooligans, our button snake is one of my favourites! Let me show you how to make one for your toddler!
For your convenience, Amazon Affiliate links have been added to this post.
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!
Looking for more inexpensive fine motor activities? Try our:
Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book!
25+preschool activities, 10 printables, 50 links to activities not featured in the book all for $6.99 until May 25, 2014. Price increases to $8.99 after the 25th. Download your copy today:
Follow the Hooligans on Facebook
Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.