Thursday, March 3, 2011

Kids Preschool Crafts #45: Button Designed Room Initial for Child's Door

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #45: Button Designed Room Initial for Child's Door
Crafts for all abilities!  
for Ages 3 Years and Up   

 



Supplies Needed:
  • Wooden Initial (try to get the kind with a hole or hook on the back to hang it easily)
  • Assorted Buttons
  • Poster Paint (tempera)
  • Clear Drying White Glue
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do: 
  1. Paint the wooden initial with your chosen color of poster paint. Paint the front and sides. We chose colors to match my kids' bedrooms.


  2. Let dry completely.
  3. Liberally apply Clear Drying White Glue to the back of each button and apply to the front of your letter. Alternatively, you can also put a medium size dot of glue on the letter and then put your button onto it.
    We chose from an assortment of colorful plastic buttons of different shapes and sizes.
  4. Continue adding your buttons until the front of your letter is filled :)

  5. Let dry completely!
  6. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your 3D masterpiece on your child's bedroom door!
  7. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.






Why We Love Crafts for Kids:   
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!


For Children with Special Needs: 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him choose what color to paint the initial and which buttons to use on it.

If your child enjoys sensory play, playing with a pile of buttons or a whole bunch of buttons in a plastic bin can be great fun! Buttons have a cool, smooth feel to them, are often brightly colored, and make an interesting sound when moved and scooped! 
 
If your child's small motor skills aren't strong enough to handle small buttons, make sure to use some large ones. You can find buttons as large a half dollar coins!


For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by doing something interesting on the sides of the initial as well. Maybe adding some glitter or a coordinating color of gems!

A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Snappy Little Springtime!" By Dugald Steer & Derek Matthews. The flowers on the cover even match my daughter's button designed initial! Your preschooler will enjoy the bold graphics, clean design, rhyming text, and large, brightly illustrated pop-ups on each page! Snappy Little Springtime invites youngsters to take a guided tour of springtime as they explore a variety of fun-loving baby animals including ducklings, little lambs, baby tadpoles, and many more.



Check out these FREE Adorable Duck Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

BUTTON SORTING FUN: Pour a whole bunch of buttons into a plastic bin. Now ask your child sort them by color, then by size, then by design (flower, circle, butterfly, etc). Additionally, just scooping, pouring, and handling the buttons is great fun! For more small motor fun you could have your child try to fit some buttons into a small container like an empty pill bottle
 
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.  
   
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2 comments:

Daycare Crafts said...

These are so cute! My home daycare kids would love to do these and the buttons are so cute. I am always looking for new daycare crafts. Thanks!
Angela
www.daycareheadquarters.com

lomosio said...

I love this - it's super cute.
I just had to make one for my daughters bedroom (and put my own spin on it)

check out my efforts: http://lomosio.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/button-initial/

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