Button Frame

From Montessori Album
Button Frame
Practical Life - Dressing
Button Frame 7.JPG
LevelPrimary
Age3 - 5
PrerequisitesGrasping Transfer
MaterialsButton Frame

In this activity the child learns how to button and unbutton.

Presentation

  1. Take the button frame to a table or mat.
    Button Frame 1.JPG
  2. Pinch the button in the right hand and pull the button-hole open with the left hand.
    Button Frame 2.JPG
  3. Guide the button half-way through the button-hole.
    Button Frame 3.JPG
  4. Pull back the fabric and take the button out the rest of the way.
    Button Frame 4.JPG Button Frame 5.JPG
  5. Do the same with the rest of the buttons.
  6. To close the buttons, push half of the button through the button-hole.
    Button Frame 6.JPG
  7. Pull the button with the right hand and pull the button-hole open with the left to allow the button to pass through.
    Button Frame 7.JPG

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • button frames with large and small buttons are available

Button Snake

A fun variation on the button frame is a button snake or felt snake. You will need a ribbon with a button sewn at one end, and squares of felt with button holes cut to match the size of the button. The button is pushed through the hole in a felt square, and then you slide the square down the ribbon.

Material

Make Your Own

Where to Buy

Prices and links checked: 05 August 2020

Large Buttons
Store Price
Absorbent Montessori $12.00
Adena $11.94
Affordable Montessori $18.00
Alison's
for toddlers
$15.00
Alison's $15.00
Alison's $15.00
Bruins $39.00
E & O $26.10
IFIT $11.00
Kid Advance $11.99
Lord Co. $19.25
Materials Co. of Boston $33.00
Montessori Concepts $15.00
Montessori Outlet $14.95
Nienhuis $40.50
Thinkamajigs $15.95
Affordable Montessori $15.00
Alison's
(for toddlers)
$25.00
Small Buttons
Store Price
Absorbent Montessori $12.00
Adena $11.94
Affordable Montessori $15.00
Alison's $15.75
Alison's $15.75
Alison's $23.75
Bruins $39.00
E & O $26.10
IFIT $11.00
Kid Advance $11.99
Materials Co. of Boston $33.00
Montessori Concepts $15.00
Montessori Outlet $14.95
Nienhuis $40.50
Thinkamajigs $15.95
Lord Co. $19.25
Elastic Buttons
Store Price
Alison's $15.75
Alison's $15.75

Further Reading