Button Felt Christmas Tree

Felt button activities are fun to use when working on buttoning skills, and a Christmas tree lends itself really well to buttoning. I made a button Christmas tree, and you can button the circle ornaments onto the tree. To make your own, you just need some green felt for the tree, brown felt for the trunk, and colored felt for the ornaments. Cut your green felt into the tree shape and your brown felt into a small square. Then you {Read More}

Make a Button Snow Man

Kids like buttoning different things like a pizza, sandwich, and ice cream. I am constantly working on new buttoning activities, and have just finished making a snow man. It is adorable, and perfect for buttoning since there are lots of parts that need buttoning on. You have to button on the body and head, three coal buttons, arms, mouth, hat, and nose. Such fun to build the snow man out of felt. To make your own, you just need three {Read More}

The Visual Motor Aspect of Buttons and Zippers

Buttoning Progression When you are good at fastening buttons, you can do it with your eyes close, and probably don’t look at all when fastening your pants. It takes some time and practice to get to the point of being able to button completely by touch, and a lot of vision is used when young kids are just starting to attempt the skill. In fact, there is a combination of visual skills along with motor planning in order for young {Read More}

Fine Motor Skills For Mealtimes

From the beginning stages of a baby learning to pick up a piece of puffed cereal and feed itself, to an older child cutting vegetables to help prepare food, there are a variety of fine motor skills that are used and needed during meal times. In fact, self feeding is a great way to work on developing fine motor skills because eating is often very motivating. A baby first initiates trying to pick up some food off of their tray {Read More}

Adolescent Hygiene Challenges

Adolescence is a time when kids are starting to reach a level of maturity where they begin to be more self sufficient in hygiene, and they have a bunch of brand new hygiene issues starting due to changing hormones. When you have kids that have challenges, then it can take more time to adjust to the extra adolescent hygiene needs, and it can take extra reminders and work to help develop a level of independence in these areas. With the {Read More}