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Sorting Buttons


Growing up, my mom had an organizing container with three or four dozen little drawers, all full of buttons. I remember spending hours pulling the little drawers out of the container, dumping out the buttons, and counting and reorganizing them. The memories (and the fact that I FINALLY have two children who keep non-edible objects out of their mouths!) inspired me to purchase a bulk buttons set and a plastic organizer (designed for jewelry beads, I believe). I’ll use some of the buttons on clothing and in crafts, and in the meantime Emma and Johnny are loving their new buttons – even if the buttons wind up less rather than more organized at the end of their play sessions!

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

8 thoughts on “Sorting Buttons”

  1. Andrea @ The Train To Crazy

    Buttons are one of our favorite activities. There are so many great uses for them!

  2. I used to love my Mom’s button jar. She had so many neat shaped, brightly coloured buttons. I have a mason jar with some buttons in it, but they’re pretty boring white, black, brown, with the occasional red in there. I’ll have to find some bulk buttons at a thrift store or somewhere!

  3. I always loved sorting buttons as a child and already have a big button collection for sunnyboy. I’ve been saving them for years :)

  4. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    Wow! $4 for so many lovely buttons is a great deal!! They look like they are having a great time!

  5. @Maile – I got this set of buttons from a JoAnn fabric store. They weren’t in an obvious part of the store, I had to ask where to find them, but I got a big plastic container of buttons for under $4.

  6. Another great idea! I need to get some buttons that my kids can play with. I have some that I use in my own crafting and the kids LOVE playing with them, but I don’t love the end result of their work with those. Did you get your bulk buttons at a normal craft store?

  7. Sounds like a great activity. I used to play with our buttons in that container too =)

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