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When learning to button, it is easier to button large buttons on fabric that you are holding rather than fabric that is on your body. In order to practice this skill, I made a “button snake”.

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It is a very simple activity of squares of fabric with button holes in the center. I then stitched a large button on one end of a piece of ribbon, and a smaller button on the other end. The large button is a stopper, and doesn’t fit through the hole.

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This activity is possibly the easiest one involving buttons and fabric. The button push-ins activity is easier, but does not involve fabric.

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Some learn to dress dolls have easy buttons to practice on, but others are still harder than practicing on a fabric button snake.


  • Fabric squares with button holes
  • Ribbon
  • Large button
  • Smaller button


  • Fine motor
  • Bimanual
  • Visual perceptual
  • Adl
  • Buttoning

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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