God bless grandmas. Really. My mom and dad are visiting right now, and my mom brought along a big jar of vintage buttons that she’s had for years. I remember playing with them when I was a kid. Jenna has literally spent hours with these buttons. She’s enjoyed stringing them with a darning needle, and she’s created a long string of multicolored buttons. We put them in a 9 x 13 pan, and she simply sorted them, touched them, ran her fingers through them and admired them. She’s currently enjoying scooping them with spoons and measuring cups and pouring them into her play kitchen pots and teacups.
Not only is this occupying time and keeping her busy and happy, she’s also learning while she’s doing it! She’s learning to discriminate colors, sizes and shapes (circles, spheres, and squares). She also started sorting small buttons from the large ones and carefully dropping the small ones into the spout of her play teapot. It’s great practice for fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination, and it’s a wonderful sensory exercise. I have to admit that I had fun looking through the variety of colors, shapes and styles and remembering them from my childhood too.