Thursday, January 28, 2010

Buttons for little fingers

For my job I am an OT Aide for the school district here. I LOVE what I do. I worked in Early Intervention for 2 years before I found this job and LOOOVED that one too. Little kids are just fun for me.

We do a lot of work with our kids that need help with handwriting, correct 3-finger grasp, fine motor skills, finger strength, isolated finger grasp blah blah blah (you guys don't care:) BASICALLY we need them to be able to lots of tiny little things with their fingers as a pre-cursor to writing. Our kids get tired of the same-old clothespins, pennies, thera-putty, pegboards. So we are always looking for new things to interest them and get them to use those 3 fingers. FOUND ONE!!! And using things I had laying around the house. Oh how I love that!

Sticky backed velcro
buttons (shapes, sizes and colors up to you)
paint sticks (yep, the FREE paint stirrers from Home Depot and Lowes. I spray painted mine black before I got started.)
(Ignore the Gorilla Glue. I forgot the velcro was self-adhesive. That's how smart I am...)
I'm doing 4 button sticks. I thought "Why not mix in learning colors too?"
I wanted a couple more colors on my stick and since I'm making them I can do that:) Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white. So I can say "Put the red one on" or "Pull off the yellow one."
I cut up strips of the sticky velcro and put them on the stick. I put the soft side on the back of the buttons and trimmed them to size. (upper right-hand corner)
VOILA! That easy. I did it in ONE (1) UNO Episode of ColorSplash ( I heart that show)
I can't wait for my kids to try this on Monday.


  1. What a clever idea! I worked as a speech path assistant for 3 years, and now I teach preschool. I love the little ones too. Happy Birthday!

  2. I work in Public Health as a nurse and also love working with these little one's!! What a great teaching tool! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! Your button craft is such a neat idea!

  4. What a great idea - I'm going to give this to my day care provider, I bet she would love to do something similar with the kids. I can see doing shapes, colors, letters...

    Love how you mixed crafting into what you do for a living, that is fabulous.

  5. What a great and cute idea! I have one little one left who hasn't yet learned colors (he's 20 mos.), so maybe I'll have to make these to use with him. :)


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