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Button Frame

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Material

12″x 12″ wooden frame with two cotton flaps attached along opposite sides of the frame. The two flaps form a buttoning area down the center of the frame. One flap has 5 buttons and the other has 5 corresponding buttonholes. There are large and small button frames.

Presentation

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to use the button frame. Ask the child to watch.
  3. Starting with the top button, grab the button with pincer grip on dominant hand, and grab cloth with pincer grip on subdominant hand.
  4. Lift the cloth, and pull the button to the right.
  5. Push the button to the left through the hole, repeat for all buttons.
  6. Open the flaps to the side, revealing the table.
  7. Close the flaps.
  8. Hold the top button with your subdominant hand, and hold the cloth with your dominant hand.
  9. Push the button through the hole, and grab the button with the dominant hand.
  10. Pull the button all the way through. Repeat.
  11. And invite the child to try.

Exercise

Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Seeing the button disappear from one side and appear on another side.

Purpose

To learn to button, to take care of oneself, independence, perseverance, sense of order, concentration, eye hand coordination, refinement of movement.

Age

3 to 4

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