The Button Box shows a boy opening his grandmother's button box and sorting through the treasures. It also shows how buttons could come from shells, wood, deer antlers, and more. He makes a string and button toy, counts his "gold" as he puts them back, and then ends with a little history on buttons. I also played with my grandmother's button box. Do people still have button boxes? I hope so! Our button box actually had antler/bone buttons, too. So neat to see the connections from the book!
We found some that the boys looked like eyes and separated out the shiny ones!
Some ideas to extend the buttons from the book:
Sort, count, create pictures from buttons, puppet eyes, etc.
-seashells, sand, wood, antlers
Ask, “Are they alike?”
As children get older you might chart types of buttons even, bringing in a math component if they are interested. I was surprised even my 8 year old and almost 11 year old were enjoying these as well. My youngest (almost 5) spent over an hour with these today. I'll leave them out this week for them to peruse as they'd like!
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Here is a video of the book. Here are some other extension activities as well.
How do you all use buttons?