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Color Matching Buttoning Activity


Learning how to manipulate buttons is an important fine motor and practical life skill.  This fun and colorful buttoning activity was inspired by Kandinsky's Circles and is sure to be a hit with little ones!  Try this buttoning activity with your preschooler today.


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Making a felt button board has been on my "To-Do" list for far too long, and I am happy to announce that I finally made one!   

You could easily switch this up to suit your needs, but I chose to make a felt button board inspired by Kandinsky's famous circle painting.  Something about Kandinsky's Squares with Concentric Circles painting just makes me happy; I love the play of colors and the circular shapes.  The play on colors really makes this buttoning activity like no other!  

I also figured this colorful buttoning activity would be a great way to work on color recognition with my toddler, as well as fine motor skills!  And if you really want to get all crazy, you could use this activity to introduce your toddler or preschooler to the famous artist-- never to young to begin to appreciate the arts!




Buttoning Activity


To make the board, you'll need: 
  • rectangular piece of cardboard (or something else sturdy enough.); 
  • several different colors of felt
  • buttons
  • needle and thread, 
  • hot glue

This could easily be adapted to suit your needs, but I'll tell you how I went about making it.  

buttoning activity

How to Make This Buttoning Activity for Preschoolers


1. Cut 6 squares out of felt-- these will cover your piece of cardboard.

2. Using your sewing skills (and you don't need to be an expert!!), sew a button on each of the squares.  I chose to match the color of the button to the felt square so that this activity could also reinforce color matching skills.

3. Then, hot glue the squares onto the cardboard.

4. Next cut 6 (or more) felt circles.  I have managed to have quite a collection of felt, so I used the same colors of the squares, just a different shade, and made circles.

5. Cut slits in your circles

6. Finally, get those hands busy!  Button boards are fantastic for strengthening hand muscles!  

buttoning activity for fine motor skills


Buttoning Activity for Fine Motor and Practical Life Skills



Buttoning is an important fine motor and practical life skill.  Your preschooler will undoubtedly deal with needing to manipulative buttons on clothing, thus this fun and playful buttoning activity is a great start to learn this important skill. 

Both my 2 year old and 6 year old enjoyed this activity!

They both decided to match the colored circles to the square background, but if you are feeling artsy... you can have fun with the colors just like Kandinsky!


Are you a fan of Kandinsky's Circles? Button boards?  I'd love to hear if you blend the two together, too!  Might make a great DIY gift!

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12 comments on "Color Matching Buttoning Activity"
  1. How creative! I like things with buttons. This made me think of quiet book pages. Maybe another fine motor activity would be something similar to this with long shoe laces or velcro strips or zippers!!!!! :-)

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    1. Oh A would love zippers; and Z LOVES velcro ; )

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  2. I love this! So bright and colourful too which makes it very appealing. We'll definitely do a version of this with my son.

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  3. I am in LOVE with this! So colorful and I also really like Kandinsky! Adding this to MY to-do list!

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    1. Thank you, Laura! Please share if you make it!

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  4. I love this spin on the DIY buttoning activity! Looks like so much fun! I love that you can mix and match :)

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  5. I love this! What a neat idea for button practice & so pretty too!

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  6. My mom made a busy book for my children and she has a similar page in it and my children love it! Glad to see you don't have to be an expert in sewig to make this project. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This looks terrific! I've been wanting to do something with felt and buttons and this looks like the perfect thing! Thank you! Stopping by from KBN!

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  8. I LOVE this! Such a creative and fun activity for learning how to do up buttons and how wonderful to base it on Kandinsky. So Clever!


    I've featured this on The Sunday Showcase this week: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/11/23/fun-learning-activities-kids.html

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  9. Great idea!! Make sure you sew the button with a "shank" to make buttoning more manageable for little hands. You can use thread to make a shank when sewing the button on or use buttons that have a shank.

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