Our Press Here book project led us to activities filled with buttons. We began by sorting buttons into different categories: color, size, texture, # of holes, etc. A simple game was presented when dice were added to the sorting trays, and the Fireflies worked on recognizing number patterns without having to count individual dots. When buttons were hidden in the play dough, the children counted up to 60 as they kept track of the number of buttons they found. At Circle Time, each child picked a button and was paired with another child. Each pair compared their buttons and had to find something that was the same and different about their buttons. This task proved to be a difficult one! The Fireflies created button collages that are now on display in the hallway.
We expanded our button theme and read books about push buttons, and discussed elevator buttons, radio buttons, TV remote buttons, etc. We even had a freeze dance party and every child got to press a push button to make the music stop and go. We also read Push Button by Aliki at Meeting for Worship and asked the question, "At home, what do you like to do after your electronic play time? When you are tired of watching TV, playing on an Ipad, or a game on mom and dad's phone, what do you do?"
Your child came home with a push button of their own and I know you may be wondering how did this crazy push button game started. Don't Push The Button by Bill Cotter was read at circle time...
"There's only one rule in Larry's book: don't push the button.
(Seriously, don't even think about it!)
Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?
Okay, quick. No one is looking... push the button. Uh, oh."
Larry the monster turns yellow with purple spots! He multiplies! I love reading this book and the Fireflies were hooked by the title before I even opened the book. After the story, I brought out a red button of my own and told the children that when I pressed the button, it would make me jump and pretty soon the children were jumping with me. Then each child got to press the button and tell the class what would happen, "When I press the button, everyone will roll on the floor!" or "When I press the button, everyone will reach really high!" We were having so much fun, we hardly wanted to break for lunch. Upon returning from lunch, the children were delighted to discover that they could make their own push buttons. Both classes spontaneously started their own child led Don't Push the Button Circle Time which lasted for over 30 minutes! Encourage your children to share their Push Button game at home if they haven't already.