< Back

We’re talking connect-two-pieces-of-fabric together buttons, not push buttons. Kids can sort them, glue them, arrange them, button them, sew them, string them, and more. A few examples of more:

  • Add a few thousand of them to a sensory bin–they are great for scooping and dumping
  • Add them to the water play table
  • Mix them into play dough or other sensory concoctions
  • Use them to replace missing board game pieces
  • Use them to make musical instruments 
  • Make them available in the dramatic play area

I just had a fond childhood memory–play Find The Button with my grandma. Someone would hide a button (from her sewing box) someplace in the room, and then the Seekers would hunt for it while the Hider told them if they were Hot or Cold. The person that found the button was the next Hider. (Damn, I miss my grandma.) If you played a version of this game, let me know in the comments.

brought to you by Explorations Early Learning
contribute content to Playvolution HQ

Keep kids safe and healthy by properly supervising loose parts play.

Have opinions and thoughts on this loose part idea?
Find a typo, bad link, or miscategorized item?
Share in the comments.
You can also submit your loose parts photos with the button below.

Support Playvolution HQ

creating free content isn’t free

If you find our content here useful, entertaining, or interesting, consider ways you can support the site and our efforts to keep the content flowing.

For example, using our affiliate link when shopping Amazon is a great way to help-you pay the same amount and we receive a small percentage that’ll help keep the site up and running.

You can also support our work by becoming a patron via Patreon

Playvolution HQ Founder at

I'm an early learning speaker, podcaster, content creator, author, and founder of Playvolution HQ and Explorations Early Learning.