Tuesday, March 3

Practice With Buttons

As part of the Practical Life activities in Montessori education, Dr. Montessori developed a set of Dressing Frames which are used in the classroom to teach dressing skills (such as buttoning, zipping, lacing...)

Although we have a set of frames in our Montessori room, I put this together in hopes that it might encourage a little more practice with buttoning. These are made from felt and were very quick to make.

After the child finds the matching color, the square with the button hole is placed directly over the button.

One side of the button is pushed into the button hole and then pulled out with the other hand.

The felt works nicely because there is no bulk from stitching around the button hole.

16 comments:

Amber said...

Really sweet. I'd like to try this. What are the buttons stitched onto?

Becky said...

I've been reading your blog and loving it. I am a former montessori teacher at home now with my five boys. My youngest two are about the same ages as your two. I love your ideas and had to comment today because last night I was up sewing squares with buttons and cutting little felt squares to button on to them. Such serendipity to see your post today!!!

Koko's mama said...

Love that idea!

Making of a Montessori Mum said...

Oh this is a REALLY GREAT idea. And I imagine felt would be so much easier a fabric to learn with than cotton. Will def make this one day soon. Thanks again!

Teaching Montessori said...

I love this idea! I would love to try this! Thank you for sharing!

mommyme said...

Amber- The buttons are stitched onto felt also.

Maile said...

Wow, I love this idea! I haven't wanted to make dressing frames myself, but this is definitely doable.

Three Wonderful Kids! said...

I love this idea! I am always trying to figure out how to teach my son how to button.

Montessori Mama said...

I LOVE this! You blog continues to inspire and make me smile. Thanks for being you!

Veronica said...

I'm new to your blog, but have been devouring it all. I am super excited about this particular project though! Thanks for sharing :)

SkylarKD said...

Fantastic idea! Thanks!

Anna said...

I made this in about 10 mintes on SUnday night and popped it onto my shelf at school and it has been flying off. Not only that but I put on a buttin sewing exercise for the older kids and that has been very popular too. In fact one girl used some of the squares to make button hole in to add to the 4 I made already!

sunnymama said...

This is a great idea! Thank you

Julie said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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