Last year, I shared how one of my little guys struggles with right side fine motor skills. We have been doing therapy type activities at home, and he has progressed well. One thing that he still has trouble with are buttons. The coordination of using both hands is just too much for him. We have been practicing with shirt buttons, but he gets frustrated because they are small. Craft Project Ideas sent me a bag of buttons with which to craft, and now we are working on fine motor skills with a button on felt activity. Thank you to CraftProjectIdeas.com for sending the buttons for this craft.
- Premium felt piece- I’m using a pink premium felt. It is thicker than regular felt but is not stiff.
- Regular felt piece
- Hand sewing needle
- Assorted size buttons
- Sewing machine with thread
Please note that these buttons are aged for 6+. The buttons in this craft could come off with repeated use, making this activity not suitable for children 3 and younger. Kids should be supervised during this activity.
Cut the premium felt piece the size that you want. Mine is about 7″x5.” Cut the regular felt piece half the size of the premium felt piece.
Use the hand sewing needle and thread to attach the buttons down the center of the premium felt.
Lay the felt strip down the center of the buttons and mark the placement of each button.
Cut along the line.
Place the piece over the buttons, making sure the drawn lines are facing inward. Use the sewing machine to create a zigzag stitch across the top and the bottom to secure the piece to the premium felt piece.
My son can practice his button skills without getting frustrated with this activity. Once he has successfully mastered these, I may make him another one with all smaller buttons.