Buttons

Submitted By

Amy Warner
Freeman
Theme:
  1. Clothing
Audience:
PreSchool
Toddler

Story Books

  1. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
    • Eric Litwin and James Dean
    Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.
  2. Corduroy
    • Don Freeman
    A stuffed bear named Corduroy and a young girl become best friends after she takes him home from the department toy store.
  3. Don't Push the Button!
    • Bill Cotter
    The only rule in Larry's book is that the reader not push the button, but when no one is looking, it may be irresistible.
  4. Push Button
    • Aliki
    A little boy who loves pushing buttons of all kinds ends up with such a sore finger that he must play with other things.
  5. Lots of Dots
    • Craig Frazier
    Circular shapes are spotted in familiar objects and everyday situations. Buttons are dots.  Wheels are dots.  Stars are dots.  Ladybugs have dots....and so do the fried eggs on your plate. Lots of dots!

Story Songs

  1. Counting Buttons

    1 little, 2 little, 3 little buttons

    4 little, 5 little, 6 little buttons

    7 little, 8 little, 9 little buttons

    10 little buttons on my shirt!

         Sing again, counting backwards from 10 to 1

  2. Did You Ever See a Button?

    Did you ever see a button, a button, a button

    Did you ever see a button go rolling along? (roll arms)

    Roll this way and that way and this way and that way

    Did you ever see a button go rolling along?

  3. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

    Downloadable song at http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/feature/petethecat/

    You can play this song as the children enter, sing it together, or play it at the end while they are doing their craft.

  4. Where Is Your Belly Button?

    Where, oh where -  are your fingers?  (touch fingers)

    Where, oh where - are your toes?  (touch toes)

    Where is your - belly button?  (tap belly button)

    ‘Round and round it goes!  (make a circle around belly or do the hula!)

     

    Where, oh where - are your ears?  (touch ears)

    Where, oh where - is your nose?  (touch nose)

    Where is your - belly button?  (tap belly button)

    Round and round it goes!   (make a circle around belly or do the hula!)

Craft: 

Button play - Have an assortment of buttons to look at.  If working with toddlers, only use the largest sizes, or use large shapes of different sizes and apply black dots to make them look like buttons.  Sort the buttons by shape or by color or by size.  Mix them all up and start over again!

Add and count the buttons - Die cut small circles of many colors and provide a coloring picture of a child or of Pete the Cat.  You could also use the real buttons you worked with in your sorting activity.

Glue the “buttons” onto the picture.  Color the jacket or shirt.  Discuss the numbers and colors of buttons you chose!

Other: 

The Color Button Game

Hand out construction paper circles of various colors that look like buttons, one color per child, then ask the question as you sing…(tune: Mary Wore Her Red Dress)

LEADER:   Who has a (red) button, (red) button, (red) button?

If you have a (red) button please stand up!     (All the REDS stand, hold buttons high and sing with you)

REDS: We have a (red) button, (red) button, (red) button!

We have a (red) button, jump jump jump!

Everyone sits and you continue through the colors.  At the end you could sing who has a round button, and everyone will be jumping at the same time.