Fine Motor Activities

Button the Princess

Therapeutic Corner:

Buttoning is a bilateral coordination skill as it requires both hands to do work simultaneously. Many children have difficulty with this task so I break it down in a fun and easy way. Teaching children how to manage buttons should be done first on a surface that can be placed in front of them and once that is mastered, it can be taught on items that are on their own body such as a shirt. (This is a more difficult task because it removes the visual component of this task and relies on tactile skills).

The Activity:

I used felt to create the face of a princess. I cut facial features out of felt and sewed buttons in the correct spots. This activity is fun for girls. You can also purchase it here at MissMancy’s Shop.


They can change the hair color and accessories by buttoning and unbuttoning pieces unto the face!


Here is a picture of the correct way to complete this activity:


Here in the INcorrect way to complete this activity:


Fine Motor Activities

Button Up My Hello Kitty

People are asking me for a girl version of my Angry Bird buttoning activity. So here it is!

I created a Hello Kitty. It’s adorable but after creating it I realize that there are not many parts to attach and the parts are very small and difficult to attach for kids who have difficulty with little buttons. I’m including it here..but stay tuned for another version of a Button Activity for your little girls!!!

Fine Motor Activities

Button Up my Angry Bird

Opening and closing buttons is an important skill when it comes to learning to get dressed.

Many of the little ones who have difficulty with fine motor task will have great difficulty opening and closing buttons…and besides it’s usually no fun to learn this skill.

Since Angry birds is still very popular with my little guys and girls I was inspired to create an activity that would combine fun and function…There you have it!!! Create an Angry Bird by adding features by buttoning!!!!

All you need are several pieces of felt and colorful buttons or you can purchase this activity on MissMancy’s Shop.

Try to use large textured buttons if you can especially for children who have difficulty with buttons and other fasteners. I also like to tell children to put the button in the tunnel and pull it out! it seams to help.


Once your child has mastered opening and closing buttons on a medium such as the Angry Bird or on a fastener board, you can then try to put those skills into practice and teach him how to open and close buttons on his/her own clothing.