Don't Push the Button activity: Following directions, Movement breaks

Kari Radovich
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Kari Radovich


If your students love the "Don't Push the Button" book series, they will LOVE this simple, free extension activity as a followup to reading the book in speech therapy or in your classroom, to work on following directions, motor imitation, or simply as a motor movement break!

In this download, you will get 21 button cards. The front is a gray and red button, similar to the button in the books, and the back tells your students what they turned into after pushing their button (ie "You turned into a frog" or "You turned into a dancer!"). Press the button, flip it over to see you turned into, and act it out!

Pair it with a free buzzer app that you hit each time your student hits their button, for an added sound effect (They go crazy over this!). To end a student's turn, have a peer hit the paper button again to change their friend back to themselves ("Quick! Hurry! Push the button again to change Tommy back!")

Minimal prep time- simply cut out each button set and fold in half so the button is on the front and the text is on the back.

You can use these for simple directions (ie "Hop like a frog!") or more complex directions by adding additional components ("Hop like a frog around the back table"). Or, see if your students can come up with the simple action on their own. They'll love acting silly in their transformations!

These button cards are great for movement breaks in speech therapy or in the classroom- I used these as a a language activity disguised as a movement break after reading the book for circle time with preschool students!

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