Button Snake

I made this Button Snake for B to build his fine motor skills. I put all of the pieces into a ziplock bag and it is easy for us to grab to use in the car or while we wait somewhere.

felt button snake

All you need to make your own is scrap felt, a long piece of ribbon, a button, and a needle and thread. Cut slits in the middle of the felt squares that match the size of your button. Thread your ribbon through one square and sew it directly onto the bottom of the ribbon. This piece will never come off and it keeps all of the other squares on too. Sew a large button onto the top of the ribbon.

felt button snake

This is what it looks like when your child is finished putting all of the pieces on. B needed help putting the pieces on for a long time and still needs help getting them off sometimes. This is so simple to make and has provided so many hours of fun!

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  • Reply Jennifer

    You always have such great ideas!

    November 18, 2009 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Kim

    Your blog showed up in my google reader as a “recommended source”, and I’ve bookmarked so many fun activities to do with my three-year-old. I’m now a subscriber, so keep up the great work!

    November 19, 2009 at 5:21 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Thanks so much for this idea! I just made one for my kiddos! It was so easy and will be really fun for them!

    November 19, 2009 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    This is great! I have everything we need, so I’ll be whipping this up sometime soon. What a fun, creative way to practice buttoning and using those fine motor muscles!

    November 22, 2009 at 2:35 am
  • Reply Mama to 3 Blessings

    Oh my goodness this is a brilliant idea! I am so going to have to borrow your idea! Of course I will comment your blog on my blog about it when done. this would be good for my 4 & 2 year old!

    January 3, 2010 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Me & Marie

    My little one would love this! She is very much into lacing right now.
    Thanks for sharing!

    March 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Mom is the Only Girl

    I just made this…how easy and it looks like fun! Hope Cutie Pie likes it!

    Thanks for all of your ideas!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Shonda

    I need to make this ASAP. I am going on a plane trip with my toddler and I’m trying to come up with quiet toys that will keep him busy for hours!

    July 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club

    just used up all my scrap felt today making one of these! Love that you also have themed versions like the leaf one for fall.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:41 am
  • Reply Anonymous

    Thank u, I just made on of these for my 21 month old daughter.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    I am a daycare mum so will put this on my list of things to make for the kiddos good for a “wet season inside activity”

    January 7, 2012 at 12:06 am
  • Reply lela

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Tami

    So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

    July 31, 2012 at 5:24 am
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