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button snake for preschoolers

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we were putting together fun activities for Esther to do when no one is available to play with her. I’ve used alot of the same stuff I used with my older children, but Crystal from Money Saving Mom has been posting some things she has either made for or gotten as part of a “busy bag swap” . Can I just say that these ideas are way more creative than the ones I used with my older children? {clearing my throat here}

We made Esther a button snake and a stamped fabric bag to hold it and she is loving it.

To make your own button snake you need:
several pieces of felt (I used 10 different colors)
18″ of ribbon
button (it looks cuter if the button has only 2 holes instead of 4 – not cuter enough for me to change ours, but cuter)
embroidery thread

How to make the button snake:

  • Cut the felt into 3 inch squares – I cut 30 squares
  • Turn down one end of the ribbon and sew the button on
  • Cut a slit in one piece of felt and put the button though it. Move it almost all the way down the snake and stitch it to the ribbon. This will keep the other pieces on the ribbon. Esther tried to pull this piece off several times, so on the one I made for a friend I put a black piece of felt and didn’t use black for any of the other squares.
  • Cut the end of the snake in a “v”
  • And you’re done. Unless of course you have a new obsession with stamped fabric bags…
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Sunday 4th of September 2011

Ellen: I know, so many great ideas out there. Sometimes I wounder how in the world we did anything cool before blogs?


Saturday 3rd of September 2011

What a neat idea. I went to the link which took me to another blog which took me to another blog, etc. This went on for several blogs. The web is amazing! I understand how you feel - there are so many things that I didn't 'do' or 'make' with my older two that I'm doing with my younger AND vice versa. I really wish I had the wealth of homeschooling and mama bloggers when my kids were babies...


Wednesday 31st of August 2011

Thanks, Rachel. Esher has really enjoyed it. She played with it for about an hour the other night at the table while the rest of us were playing SkipBo.

Rachel E.

Monday 29th of August 2011

Very cute! I'll have to try this.