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PurplePassion 06-22-2014 01:45 PM

Think back--button string toy?
Does anyone remember playing with a 4 hole large button threaded on a heavy piece of string or yarn? I don't remember everything , but want to make one to entertain my grandson away from his Video games. Thanks

Tartan 06-22-2014 02:01 PM

Yep, but 2 large buttons with string through them. The string should form a continuous loop after threading through 2 holes on each button. You put the loops over your hands and wind the string a few times by rotating the buttons. When you pull your hands outward, the string winds (sp)causing the buttons to clap together.

ps. While it shouldn't be a problem with a boy, watch out for long hair. It hurts like the dickens when it gets caught in the string.

Billi 06-22-2014 02:12 PM

I totally remember those we used 1 button though. After twisting it a few times the movement of your hands closer together and further apart making it spin and create a whirring sound. Best part is when I read the title of your post I was hoping that was what you were talking about.

KarenR 06-22-2014 02:39 PM

I think mine had three buttons. 2 smaller ones for your hands to hold and a large one in the middle. I loved them.

mary quilting 06-22-2014 03:41 PM

We used 1 button

pw6 06-22-2014 03:58 PM

yes, they were called buzzers, we had them and wonder why childern these days do not want to know about any of them, remember the whistles made from hickory stems??

lynnie 06-22-2014 04:02 PM

my grandpa made it out of 1 button and a piece of bakery cord. it was fun

lclang 06-23-2014 04:32 AM

Oh yes indeedy! My brother got his twisted up in my sister's curly hair...oh what a mess!

Onebyone 06-23-2014 06:34 AM

All my grandkids played with them. I made sure grandbaby girl had her hair up in a pony tail bun. I had many cut out of my hair by my grandmother. She didn't have any second thoughts to cutting anything out of our hair. Said it would grow back, live with it. LOL

LITTLEOLDME 06-23-2014 06:54 AM

WOW WOW Long forgotten toy, we played hours with these , we had to make our own toys when I was growing up. Fun times, paper dolls out of catalog's, kitchen match boxes for their beds ..

Grannyh67 06-23-2014 07:49 AM

Originally Posted by LITTLEOLDME (Post 6770400)
WOW WOW Long forgotten toy, we played hours with these , we had to make our own toys when I was growing up. Fun times, paper dolls out of catalog's, kitchen match boxes for their beds ..

I can sure remember those days. We made mud pies, lots of things. I can remember my dad making us guns out of wood and using a cloth pin to hold old pieces of inner tubes and we plated with those so much, also used to make telephones oit of tin cans and string, I also remember the string and buttons, had forgot all about them though. This brought back so many memories.

Chasing Hawk 06-23-2014 08:04 AM

I found these..........



matraina 06-23-2014 01:44 PM

I used to love to play with those, although mine had only one button!

maviskw 06-24-2014 05:03 AM

A local school had a 100 year anniversary shindig. I was in a classroom teaching all the children how to make a button spinner. We had about 25 minutes to teach about 25 students to do this. I don't remember how many roomfuls of children went through my class that day, but there were several hundred children that learned how to do this. I think the ages were 5 to about 12. Not everyone could make them work in that short a time, but everyone learned how to make one.
We used a plastic button purchased for this purpose. I like to use a larger, heavier button and thin, strong but smooth string (not sewing thread). We do this at the one room school on rainy days.

solstice3 06-24-2014 05:35 AM

Forgot about that toy. Thanks for sharing

Jingle 06-24-2014 08:14 AM

I slightly remember them, we never had one.

mumzer 06-24-2014 09:31 AM

Seems like we had a lot more fun growing up. How about a pea shooter made from a Y tree branch and rubber band. I remember some how we put pinch type clothes pins on the bike spokes and it made a sound as we went on down the road.

nana20010 06-24-2014 09:42 AM

yep i played with them mine was 1 button

jbj137 06-24-2014 10:54 AM

*** YEP!! Had one of those.
*** Mine had 1 button.

jbj137 06-24-2014 10:57 AM


the clothes pins held playing card that flapped on the spokes.


mjmachin 06-24-2014 11:13 AM

Great memories.....remember making dolls with hollyhock flowers and decorating mud pies with them also. I had a one button toy!! How about "button, button, whose got the button" ? Played this for hours with all my cousins....ah, good times!!

lynnie 06-24-2014 12:16 PM

my friend just ordered one from QVC it's being sold to get rid of chicken arms. what an exercise and marketing ploy

noveltyjunkie 06-24-2014 11:56 PM

Not familiar with that toy. What age is he?

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