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DIY Button Sensory Play Game for Toddlers | Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Fine Motor Skills

DIY Button Sensory Play Game

Occupational therapy is a huge aspect of having a toddler (or any child) with an autism spectrum disorder.  Little man loves unconventional toys, and I am cheap, so I often recreate his therapy toys at home.  One of his favorites has been our DIY Button Sensory Play Game.

The diy button sensory play game cost just $3 to make (or less if the supplies are around the home).  This is a steal compared to the price of a manufactured button game.  I love that when you make it yourself, you can customize it to your child’s likes.  You could add Thomas the Train stickers, lots of pink, or even different shaped buttons.

Teaches Early Skills

This is a great activity to promote fine-motor skills and color recognition.  You can ask your child to place in a specific color to help with learning colors.  A way to increase the skill level is by having them hold the buttons in one hand and manipulate the buttons to put them in the slit one at a time.

Learning Multiple Step Directions

Children with autism often struggle with multiple step directions.  A great way to play with the diy button sensory play game is to ask your child to pick out the “big blue button” or similar descriptions.  By doing this, you are teaching your child how to follow directions.  Once they have mastered that skill, you can move on to two-step directions.  For example, you can say “Find the small pink button and put it in the tube.”

Learning to Button

By using a piggy bank style slit in the container, it provides resistance when pushing in the button. This is a great way to get sensory feedback to the fingers. They feel how the button slides in and learn where to push on the button to get it to go through.  These sensations are great for learning how to button!  Though pushing button through the fabric is hard, learning in small steps is great for any toddler! c

DIY Button Sensory Play Game for Toddlers | Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Fine Motor Skills

DIY Button Sensory Play Game

(Instructions)

Note: All of these supplies items can normally be found at your local Dollar Tree or at DollarTree.com.  You can even order online and have it shipped to your local dollar tree for free!

Materials:

Skills:

  • Buttoning
  • Finger strengthening
  • In hand manipulation
  • Hand-Eye Coordination

Directions

This is an easy one!  The Tootsie roll container is already perfectly designed for the diy button sensory play game.  Decorate your container (or have your child help decorate) to your liking.  Then get to playing!

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Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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15 Comments

  1. What a cute game! I remember buying a box of buttons and the kids were really into playing with them. This does sound like a great sensory game.

  2. That is such a great idea to help the kids. It’s fun, it’s colorful, and it helps them practice their motor skills. I love it.

  3. I think that’s such a great activity for any young kid actually. Even if your child doesn’t have any spectrum issues, it’s always good to stimulate their minds and bodies simultaneously.

  4. Such a great sensory game to play with the kids!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  5. What a great activity for all children. I love that it is easy for me as a mom to make.

  6. The DIY button sensory play game is so lovely and easy to make. It such a great idea to create this helpful toy with all the suppliers around your home. Your children can not only recognize colors thanks to this but they also can learn how to button. Thanks for your sharing this useful information.

  7. Very interesting! I love this DIY idea. And people can follow easily because it is not expensive to do ?

  8. This is a fabulous game for kids with sensory needs. I love how you can use the supplies around your home to make it! LOVE this activity! In fact, I think it would be great for ALL Kids.

  9. DIY crafts and games are a really great way to spend time with your little ones. They can even help set it up! I think this game is really a great idea for all kids.

  10. This button sensory play game would be perfect for my friends little girl. She is always looking for new sensory games she can do with her.

  11. This is such a cute and interesting game. The different shapes and sizes of the buttons will make a great sensory game.

  12. That looks like a great DIY toy for toddlers. I’ll have to tell my niece about it for her 2-year-old son.

  13. This is a wonderful idea. I have a couple of nieces that are autistic. They love all kinds of sensory games too.

  14. This is such an interesting sensory game for kids. I think this game is really great idea.

  15. Good for you for recreating the games/tools and saving mega bucks! I’m sure you have untold ways to spend those savings!

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