Homemade Button Snake – Fine motor skills toy

Homemade Felt Button Snake is simple toy which provides many benefits from playing to learning activities. It is great for toddlers and preschoolers. Button snake is basically very simple quiet game, ribbon with buttons on the ends and pieces of fabric with slit in a middle to go throughout the button on the ribbon. As the base for pieces can be made with sewn one felt scrap to the very bottom of the ribbon or tied knot I prefer button on both sides. It will leave your kid several possibilities to play.

Materials you will need for this project:

  • 17 inch Ribbon
  • Felt in different colours
  • 2 buttons in different colours
  • Thread, needle and scissors

button snake supplies

Sew two buttons on the ends of the ribbon very securely.

sew button snake toy

Cut felt into squares 3 x 3 inch and/or rounds, hearts, flowers, diamonds…

felt button snake

Cut slit into the squares the size of the button.

button snake holes


And your Button Snake is ready for play.

button snake fine motor skills

I like this homemade toy cause it may be used for many activities:

  • Recognize shapes
  • Counting pieces
  • Buttoning only same shape like squares, rounds or diamonds
  • Start with the side of the yellow button or vice versa
  • Choose hot or cold, bright or dark colors
  • Chose patterns (if you make one with different patterns)


I’ve made just basic shapes using felt to make it simple. Actually as you may see on the pictures I made two snakes, one with squares only and one with shapes. If you have sewing machine you can use different kinds of fabric and patterns. Here is great tutorial  from Wildandwisdom for beautifully fabric snake button.

Take this toy wherever quiet activities are required, such as airplane, car, visiting doctor or whatever you think would be good option for quiet game. Many moms suggested just a regular zip bag for carrying it.

Other than the above mentioned activities Button Snake is also great activity for developing fine motor skills,  and learning buttons what is a great way to introduce kids skill to dress themselves. It can also be made in different skill levels – for toddler with big button or little harder with a small button and smaller slits.

Happy play and learning!

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