One of our very favorite non-toy toys is a bucket of buttons. Ben used to play with them back when he was two and Will was a baby. They were a special toy we could only play with when the baby was asleep. Now that Will is no longer a baby (he’s just a boy!), he gets to join in on the fun while Ella Rose is sleeping. These parameters of playtime, I’m certain, add to the great appeal of the Buttons. Yet, not only this. There are a bazillion things you can do with a bucket of buttons. Defining and sorting by attribute (ten dollar math teacher word=size, shape, color, etc.) is a natural interaction. There’s also stacking, counting, lining up, creating designs, building, trading, flipping, spinning, rolling, pretending, throwing [“no! no throwing!”], balancing, scooping, pouring, dumping, and then just running your hands through the pile, feeling the cool, smoothness of the shiny plastic as they filter through your fingers. Oh yeah. We love the Buttons.

This particular playtime was all about pretend. There were button muffins since they fit so perfectly into those little paint palettes, there was an oven (“Ben, it’s hot. Get your oven mitten.”), there were ‘knobs’ to turn, things to adjust, buttons to beep and a ‘timer’.

So, why, exactly, do we continue to buy toys?? Who, the hell, knows? 🙂

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4 Responses to Buttons

  1. Keila says:

    Hey, how did you get the bucket of buttons? Did you go buy a bunch? Did you just have them laying around? We seem to use our button bucket faster than we replenish it.

    And what are you using in the photos as button trays?


  2. Vickie says:

    I sense a grandma. My 88 year old great-grandmother is the only other person I know that has that many buttons.

  3. gigimama says:

    Nah, no grandma. They’re from the craft store. 🙂
    The paint palettes are from my former early childhood teaching life where I collected scads of “stuff” with classroom potential. I’m not 100% on this one, but I have a feeling these were from American Science and Surplus. They have a hilarious catalog (and online log) and a few retail stores in the Chicagoland area. I frequented the West Chicago store. You can visit their website, but if you are like me and cool catalogs, make sure you have some time to spare. http://www.sciplus.com/index.cfm

  4. Kier says:

    A sad note for other “Surpies”… the American Science Surplus stores closed, but the website lives on! Not as much fun, but still a great place to find those “treasures”. 🙂

    Oh, how I miss teaching….

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