Whilst the older ones were away this weekend and B2 was in bed, A4 and I made a button string. A button string is made by threading buttons of different shapes and sizes onto some strong twine and fastening it. It was used by Carrie as a toy and very possibly a teething ring. We gathered all our supplies: The Little House Craft book, strong leather twine, an assortment of colourful buttons, a four-year old who couldn’t wait and her mother:
A4, who absolutely knows her own mind and would be quite comfortable in the Houses of Parliament where she would hold her own with very little effort, quickly organised proceedings. She was to thread two buttons, after which it was my turn. She would choose her buttons and then she would also choose mine. She was sure to emphasise the choosing my buttons part, so that I wouldn’t spoil the whole procedure. My turn but not my buttons. I know my place, so acquiesced to being bossed around, gradually giving up the will to have any original thought of my own. A4 had a ball, did really well and made a beautiful button string:
As B2 is past the stage of anything going in her mouth we allowed her some play time with it. The button string will be going into our toy basket, alongside all the toys we make this summer. The basket will sit by the sleeping area in the upstairs of our little house.
A4’s post about making pancakes with me and B2 is up on the children’s blog, if you’d like to go and have a peek.