Sunday 31 July 2011


Montessori Activity: Buttoning Frame

Make this Ribbon Button yourself instead, which is actually more fun and effective according to other mommies' experiences...

...than buying this expensive Montessori Dressing Frame - Buttoning:

Inspired by Counting Coconuts

Age: From 2.5 years old


1. To train the child’s hand-eye coordination skill.
2. To train fine motor skills.
3. To teach practical life skills.


1. 1 ribbon 25 cm long
2. 1 button approx. 2.8cm in diameter
3. 6 pieces of felt rug cloth approx. 9 x 6.5cm
4. Big large safety-pin


1. Show your child how to insert the eyelet of the felt cloth through the button.

2. Encourage your child try it.

How to Make:

1. Sew the button to the end of the ribbon.
2. Fold the felt piece into half, and cut a slit 1.4cm long.
3. Pin a safety-pin at the end of the ribbon as a stopper.

Additional Information:

I saw this today, and went right away to sew one for J. I can't believe that I actually sewed for J!!! I really dislike sewing and failed the Home Economics class in secondary school because the doll I sewed looked more like a handicapped person than a beautiful doll. Well, I haven't done too well here, I didn't manage to sew the stopper. I pinned a safety-pin as a stopper at the end of the ribbon instead. But it is good enough to serve its educational function for J.

It is expensive to buy felt in Denmark, but I used a clean and new rug that is made of similar "felt" material.

J (2Y4M26D) tried this today. He really liked it, but it was too challenging for him to insert the button through the eyelet. I assisted him with that. Once the button was through the eyelet, it was home-run. I will try out this activity again in a couple of time's time.

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