This activity has been revised and was originally created by Susan N. Edwards and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992). The second edition is available for purchase.
Vocational training can start with young children, teaching them skills that can be useful in a potential work situation later on. Understanding sorting and categorizing is one such skill. This activity uses buttons to teach sorting, packaging, inserting and counting, while working on the student’s pincer grasp. Students can do this activity for arts and crafts class or sewing class. Lessons include English Language Arts, Career Education, Social Skills and Independent Living Skills.