I love buttons and I love them in the art room.
My classes had such a great time designing buttons for Youth Art Month, that I decided to purchase more button snap packs and turn it into a great one day, end of year, super send-off project.
I was taught that learning doesn't stop til the kids' leave for summer. It's a tough philosophy to stick to when there are so many (sooooo many) interruptions at the end of year. I'm not about to turn my room into a free-zone, but I definitely have to take it down a notch.
I began with a PowerPoint. It briefly describes the history of buttons and why people wear or make buttons. It opened up a lively discussion and gave the kids some ideas.
Next, I passed out a Button Design Worksheet. It is simply six circles the students designed in pencil, traced in Sharpie, and colored with markers. Their favorite gets cut out and made into a button.
I didn't instill a theme, and they only had to follow a few rules; no text based buttons, and images must be colorful.
Most students were engaged the entire hour, and were proud to show off their button!