I treasured it because it came from her but rarely used it- only occasionally searching for a button to match one that was lost.
Babies came along and the jar needed to stay out of sight and reach for safety reasons. But as the children grew and could be trusted, it started making appearances.
I remember being enamored with my Grammie's button jar when I was young so it didn't come as a surprise when I discovered that it provided hours of intrigue and fun for my own children.
You can dig out your favorites, group them by color or size, find matches, dump them from dump trucks, make button slides, pretend they are jewels, string them into necklaces, or actually use them for sewing projects.
They also come in handy during school when learning how to break large numbers of items into groups for counting...making multiplication not so scary and possibly even a little bit fun.
It's yet another example of how the simple things shine brighter than the complicated and expensive.
Please DO NOT let young children play with or around buttons as they are choking hazard. Require that older children play with them in a pan or tray (to decrease spillage to the floor) while the littles are napping. Ensure that every last one is picked up by crawling around on the floor like a toddler to find any that may have strayed, make sure the lid is secure and store them out of reach before letting younger children back into the room.Pin It