button preschool lesson plans
This unit is meant for children over the age of four. Most activities require close adult supervision.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
The Button Box
Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes
10 Button Book
(Blue's Clues) Blue's Buttons
Snap! Button! Zip! (Sesame Beginnings)
Begin Smart Push the Button
Little Rooster's Diamond Button
Supply the children with buttons, construction paper and tacky glue and let them make button collages.
Buttons on Socks
Have the children create a sock puppet by placing buttons on a colorful sock with tacky glue.
Place a piece of masking tape around the child's wrist, sticky side out, and loose enough to be comfortable. Let the child place buttons on the tape.
Button Picture Frame
You will need six popsicle sticks, tacky glue, buttons, two small magnets, construction paper and a picture of the child. Then you make a frame with four popsicle sticks. Lay two stick parallel to one another (stick 1 and 2) then complete the from with sticks 3 and 4. Then to make the picture stay in you will need to add stick 5 and 6 on the top and bottom of the frame. So you have sticks 3 and 4 (the sides) with a stick on the top in front, top in back, bottom in front and bottom in back. Follow? Connect these sticks with glue. When dry have the children decorate these sticks with paint. Let that dry. Then let the children glue buttons on the frame. Let that dry. Cut a piece of paper to fit the back of the frame. Glue that on. Cut the picture to fit in the frame, and insert the picture. Then glue the magnets at the top and bottom of the back of the frame. Viola.. an awesome gift.
Use tacky glue to attach a variety of buttons to the bottom of empty film canisters. When dry, show the children how to use these as stamps.
You can use paint or non-toxic ink pads.
Button Necklace or Bracelet
Supply the children with string and buttons to make a necklace or bracelet.
Supply the children with buttons, blue construction paper and tacky glue. Let them glue a few buttons on their paper. Ask them to turn the buttons into balloons by adding string.
Supply the children with buttons, construction paper and tacky glue. Let them glue a few buttons on their paper. They can turn these buttons into many different bugs by drawing legs, wings and antennae.
Supply the children with buttons, green construction paper and tacky glue. Let them glue a few buttons on their paper. Have the children turn the buttons into flowers by drawing stems and leaves on the buttons.
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Let the child glue buttons on the headband with tacky glue. Be sure the glue is completely dry before wearing.
Glue some buttons onto card stock with tacky glue. After the glue has dried, have the children place this paper under their paper and rub over it with a crayon.
For a very simple art project, supply the children with a piece of paper and button stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity.
Torn Paper Clothes
Have the children tear pieces of paper to form a shirt and glue them onto a piece of paper. Then have the children glue buttons on the shirt.
Button and Yarn Art
Have the children glue some buttons onto card stock with tacky glue. After the glue is dry, supply the children with yarn to intertwine around the buttons to form an interesting shape. (Kind of like a spider web.)
Buttons and Play Doh
Supply the children with buttons and play doh.
Games, Math and Science
Who Stole the Button Chant
Class: Who stole the Button from the Button Jar?
Teacher: (Ann) stole the Button from the Button Jar?
Ann: Who me?
Class: Yes you!
Ann: Couldn't be!
Class: Then who?
Ann: (Tommy) stole the button from the button jar?
Tommy: Who me?
Class: Yes you!
Tommy: Couldn't be!
Class: Then who? [Repeat]
Have the children sort the buttons by size or color.
Supply the children with five baskets and buttons. Place a piece of paper with a number on it in each basket and instruct the children to place that many buttons in the basket. If the basket says "5" place five buttons in the basket.
Supply the children with plastic buttons and a balance to play with.
Buttons in the Sand and Water Table
Supply the children with hundreds of buttons in the sand and water table.
What is in the Egg?
Place different number of buttons inside plastic eggs. Have the children shake the eggs and try to guess how many are inside. Open up the eggs.
Send a large coffee can home with a child. Send a letter with the can similar to this:
This month we are going to be playing a game called "Mystery Can" I am sending the can home with your child. Please help your child find something to place inside the can that had buttons on it and return it tomorrow with three clues written on a piece of paper. The children will try to guess what it is and the first person to guess correctly will take home the can.
Supply the children with plastic buttons and an basket. Place a piece of masking tape on the floor for a throw line. The distance from the basket to the line should vary with abilities. Have the children throw the buttons into the basket.
For older children. Fill a small jar with buttons. Ask each child to guess how many buttons are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of buttons to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the buttons.
Button Jar for School Agers
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted buttons of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 buttons in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the buttons.
Snap, Snap Button!!!
Played like "Duck, Duck, Goose" except the children will go around the circle, and say "snap" instead of "duck" and "button" instead of "goose."
Blow the Button
Two or four player game. Place masking tape two to three inches from the edge on two opposite sides of a flat table. These will be the goal lines. Place a piece of masking tape in the cneter of the table this will be the face off mark. Players stand on opposite sides of the table. A light button is placed on the face off mark. Players use straws to try to blow the button over the opponents goal line. First team or player to gets the button across the line wins.
Cut out large button shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor. Play music and have the children walk around the room. When the music stops, each child needs to find an button to stand on. You may play this a variety of different ways
Only once child per button, take one button and one player away each time. (not recommended)
More buttons than children, take away no buttons or children. This is great for the younger ones.
One button per child to begin, take away one button each time, but children may share buttons, until all children are on one button at the end.
Pass the Button
Played like hot potato... have the children sit in a circle and pass plastic button around the circle when music is playing, when the music stops the child holding the button sits in the middle or the "button pot" until the music stops again and the next child replaces the first. You may also chant "Button, Button, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10" and the child who has the button on 10 is in the "button pot."
For a snack, use any of the following for an button shape:
Graph how many buttons each child is wearing, or what color the buttons are.
Ten Little Buttons
sung to Ten little Indians
One little, two little, three little buttons,
Four little, five little, six little buttons,
Seven little, eight little, nine little buttons,
Ten little buttons on my coat.