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Button Towers Fine Motor Activity for Kids

It is important for kids to develop fine motor skills before learning to write. Developing fine motor skills early helps young kids learn to hold a pencil correctly, type, use their hands for skilled labor, and lots more! Fine motor activity helps children develop these fine motor skills. If you have any old buttons around, you can try this fun fine motor challenge with your kids! The button stacking challenge is sure to be a hit with your little ones.

Use buttons for fine motor activities.

And my husband wonders why I save random extra buttons – because there are fun things you can do with them!

Button Towers Fine Motor Activity

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For the fine motor button stacking challenge, all you need are some old buttons and a large play tray. We like to use a play tray rather than the floor for two reasons. Reason one, there is less mess! Reason two, my kids like to stand when doing their activities, so we put the play tray on a table. Buttons won’t roll away because of the tray edges.

If your kids are still likely to put things in their mouths, wait to try this activity until they are older to avoid the choking risk.



Encourage preschoolers to build fine motor skills with this button tower challenge!

Instruct your preschoolers and toddlers to stack buttons. At first, let them have free play. You can show them how to make stacks by stacking the largest buttons on the bottom and the smallest on top. This will allow the kids to create taller towers.

After the kids play for a while, give them individual challenges. Here are some button tower challenge ideas:

Stacking a tower of one color.

Stacking a tower of alternating colors.

Stacking a tower of 10 buttons.

Stacking a tower of 20 buttons (we couldn’t get our tower to stack this high, but maybe you can!).

Blue button tower challenge kids activity

Stacking a tower of primary colors.

Stacking a tower of a specified number of buttons.

Stacking an archway.

We hope you and your children enjoy this button tower fine motor activity. There is almost no limit to the things you can try with buttons. Once you see buttons as a building tool, rather than a fastener, there is a whole world of fun open to you!

Looking for fun ways to strengthen your child's fine motor skills? Check out these Button Towers Fine Motor Activity Ideas! These activities are good for helping toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners to improve their fine motor skills which help with holding a pencil correctly and more.

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Tuesday 7th of February 2017

You can make this into some fun games with the kids and they won't even realize they are working on developing their motor skills! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday!

Darcy Zalewski

Saturday 18th of February 2017

Exactly, Heidi! I love finding fun ways to help them work on developing skills. :)


Saturday 4th of February 2017

Such a fun idea to do.Thank you for linking with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to see you again next week.

Darcy Zalewski

Saturday 18th of February 2017

Thank you, Sahana. I love that it is a pretty effortless activity to set up too!