This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Corduroy by Don Freeman. I was inspired by Corduroy’s buttons to create a button hop for Lily. It’s a fun movement game for toddlers. Affiliate links are included in this post. Clicking on the book titles or covers will take you to Amazon.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Corduroy is a sweet story about a stuffed bear who is up for sale in a department store. No one seems to want him and the poor bear has even lost one of his buttons. When a little girl named Lisa sees him, she wants to take him home. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship.
Button Hop – A Movement Game for Toddlers
I love how easy this game is and that it’s a super fun way to get kids moving. I created the game for Lily (age 2), but Aiden (age 6) had fun playing along with her.
What You’ll Need:
- Colored paper
- Bowl or circle shape
I used construction paper although I wish I had cardstock or had laminated the paper to make it stronger. The buttons started getting worn out after several times of play. Find a bowl or something similar that is almost as large as your paper. Trace the bowl to draw a circle on the paper. Repeat this for all of your colors. Cut out your circles. Draw button holes in the middle.
Place the buttons on the floor. Encourage your child to move from one button to the next. Can you jump?
It’s really fun for them to just run or jump from one button to the next. My kids enjoyed doing this for quite a while.
You can also ask questions as your child is moving from one button to the next. What color is that button?
Can you find the yellow button?
Instead of hopping from one button to the next, how else can you move? Can you crawl? Can you move like different animals?
What about counting the buttons? Can you hop onto 3 buttons? 1-2-3!
More Ideas from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more activities inspired by Corduroy:
Button Box ABC creations from Rainy Day Mum
Learning Your Name with the Corduroy Book from Growing Book by Book
Teddy Bear Button Counting Activity from Mom Inspired Life
Corduroy’s Button Sensory Bin from Preschool Powol Packets
Button Stacking from Still Playing School
Corduroy Math: Learning with Buttons from I Can Teach My Child
Teddy Bear Number Button Matching from 3 Dinosaurs
Teddy Bear Picnic Dessert Idea from The Educators’ Spin On It
Pre-Writing Fun Inspired By Corduroy from Toddler Approved
Build-A-Corduroy Shape Identification Craft from Sugar, Spice and Glitter
Colorful Friendship Bracelets from Mama Miss
Also stop by the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page to see what others are sharing!
Next month we’ll be featuring Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems. See our entire Virtual Book Club for Kids book list here.
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