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Thread: Think back--button string toy?

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    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

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

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    We used 1 button

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    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??

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    my grandpa made it out of 1 button and a piece of bakery cord. it was fun
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    Oh yes indeedy! My brother got his twisted up in my sister's curly hair...oh what a mess!

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    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
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    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 ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by LITTLEOLDME View Post
    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.
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    I used to love to play with those, although mine had only one button!

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    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.
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    Forgot about that toy. Thanks for sharing

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    I slightly remember them, we never had one.
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    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.

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    yep i played with them mine was 1 button

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    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!!

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    my friend just ordered one from QVC it's being sold to get rid of chicken arms. what an exercise and marketing ploy
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    Not familiar with that toy. What age is he?

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