Ribbon Button Threading with Felt Butterflies

Ribbon Button Threading with butterflies is one of our favourite Montessori trays.
Ribbon Button Threading with Felt Butterflies

The felt butterfly ribbon was very simple to make using felt, Bigz Butterfly die and the Big Shot. Felt is a great material to work with! It feels great and you can simply cut a slit where the button is passed through and it wont fray.

Using the Ribbon Button Threading activity, kids are learning lots of skills and concepts. Obviously they are learning essential dressing skills, co-ordination and practicing fine motor skills by working on strengthening their pincer grasp.

Let’s look at what else the kids were learning with this activity 🙂

In this Ribbon Button Threading activity we have isolated the concept to colour patterning. The butterflies are the same shape and size, therefore the child focuses on colour pattern only.
Ribbon Button Threading with Felt Butterflies
In this Ribbon Button Threading activity we have isolated the concept to size differences. The butterflies are the same colour and shape, therefore, the child focuses on the size differences only.
Ribbon Button Threading with Felt Butterflies

Ribbon Button Threading Presentation

The presentation of this activity begins with one of these trays placed on the table.

In the tray you will see the control card on the left, the basket of felt butterflies to the right of the control card and the button ribbon placed to the right of the basket.

Demonstrate by grasping with your sub-dominate hand the button at one end of the ribbon with a pincer grasp and hold it up in front of you.

Look at the control card and see which butterfly goes first.

Pick up that felt butterfly with your dominate hand and  push the button through the hole in the felt butterfly.

Repeat until all felt butterflies on the control card have been buttoned.

Return the materials to the tray.

Invite the child to have a turn.

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Looking for more fine motor activities? Try these:

Eggshell Craft with a Multi-Age Group

Dinosaur Castanet Craft For Kids

Styrofoam Fine Motor Activity

Threading Beads Onto Pipe Cleaners

Yours in play,

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