Button on a string
 While creating a simple noise maker, students talk about shapes, colors, and motion.

You will need:

  • A variety of large, flat buttons, with two or four holes. Round, oval, or square buttons would work best.
  • For each student, a piece of cotton or another strong, smooth string, about 30" long.
Suggested vocabulary:

          string  button  knot  hole  insert  tie  move  middle  finger  end  turn/spin  forward  through  pull  make music


Click on the thumbnail image if you want to see a larger picture. Teachers who use a screen reader
should ignore the links to the larger images, as the screen reader will read the instructions in order.

  1. Pick a string and a button.

  2. Insert the string through one hole of the button and then back through a hole on the opposite side.

  3. Tie together the ends of the string (creating a loop).

  4. Slide the button to the middle of the loop.

  5. Insert your index fingers into the loop on each side of the button and spread them apart.

  6. Create a circular motion with your wrists, and swing the button forward repeatedly until the string becomes tight.

  7. Pull your hands apart. The string will unwind, and the button will make a buzzing noise.

  Suggested links for additional ideas:
  • Buttons Galore and More .featuring Dress It Up
    One of the largest selections of novelty buttons we have seen, covering a myriad of subjects. This site provides many ideas for crafts and using buttons in novel ways.

  • Banaras Beads
    Photos of assorted millefiore buttons. The possibilities for creating beautiful buttons seem endless.

  • The Sewing Place
    Many photos of buttons made of glass, bone, porcelain, shell, metal, wood, Raku and more should inspire both students and teachers.

  • Family Crafts with Sherri Osborn
    Part of About's Web site, this page links to seven projects that can easily be made with "those lonely buttons lying around."

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