Read: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin.
“Pete the Cat puts on his favorite shirt with four, big, colorful, round, groovy buttons.”
But one by one, the buttons pop off and roll away. He realizes that he doesn’t have any buttons on his favorite shirt:
4 – 1 = 3
3 – 1 = 2
2 – 1 =1
1 – 1 = 0
Pete the Cat’s button less shirt opens up and what does he see? His belly button!
What can you do with your buttons?
Use buttons to decorate…anything! Use your imagination!
List of things to decorate with buttons:
Book bag or any kind of bag
Lots of buttons
Needle and thread (if you know how to sew)
Alternative Project: Make your own buttons
Modeling clay in different colors
Make small balls and flatten them. Poke four holes in the center with the pencil. What will you do with your handmade buttons?
*copyright Art work by Marion Constantinides 2015
Pencil with eraser
Scissors (embroidery scissors work best for cutting out small pieces of paper)
Three pieces of different colored construction paper, memory album paper or craft foam
- Draw a design on one of the pieces of paper with a pencil. Cut the design out.
- Place a second piece of paper under the first. Line up the edges.
- Draw smaller design shapes on the second piece of paper.
- Pull out the second piece of paper and cut out these smaller shapes.
- Place the first piece of paper over the second one and glue them together.
- Place these two pieces on top of the third piece of paper and line up the edges.
- Glue the third piece into place.
- Frame and hang the molas.
Paper in various colors
Ruler or yard stick
Pipe cleaners, string, paper twists or similar material
Number stencils or templates (optional)
One chain link fence
- Make a sign for your clubhouse or to celebrate the beginning of summer and the end of school. Make a loop for every letter of your sign and for the space between the words. Make a loop at the beginning of your sign which will be blank and a loop for the end of your sign which will also be blank. For example, a sign that says “School is out!” will have 11 loops for the words, one for the exclamation mark, two for the spaces between words and an extra loop at each end. That would be a total of sixteen loops.
- Use four or five different colored papers. Measure and cut the colored papers into six or more ½” x 8” strips.
- Glue one strip of paper measuring ½” x 8” overlapping the ends. Then glue a strip of paper measuring ½” x 8” through the first loop. Alternate the colors of the paper strips until you have the required number of paper loops forming a garland. Use the photograph for reference.
- Next, cut paper rectangles in various colors about 1 1/2” by 3.” Make enough to spell out your message.
- Trace a letter on each paper rectangle by using a template, stencil or free hand. Trace any exclamation, question mark or symbol, too.
- Punch a hole at the top of each paper rectangle. Punch a hole in the loops. Do not punch holes in the first and last loops and the loops that represent spaces between words.
- Cut string or pipe cleaners or similar material and loop it through the holes.
- Or use your imagination and glue seeds, glitter, sequins and other decorative objects!
- Tie a string through the first and last loops and tie them on to the fence. Don’t forget to add extra loops when you change the message!