When Zach was younger, we worked on zippers and buckles. These are part of the Montessori practical life activities that teach children how to care for themselves, in particular dressing. Earlier this year, I introduced big buttons to him.
All of our Montessori dressing frames so far are DIY and very effective, so why not make another DIY. I found three huge buttons from random clothes and my stash of loose buttons, and sacrificed a hand-me-down jacket for our buttoning activity. The jacket turned out to be perfect because the stretchy fabric where the button holes are helps Zach to button and unbutton with slightly more ease.
I like using real clothes that are his size for DIY dressing frames, because after he gains some mastery of the skill, he likes to put the clothes on and practise on himself! I feel like it makes the activity more relevant and meaningful to him. He often likes to walk around the house wearing whatever he’s just zipped/buckled/buttoned.
This is a really easy DIY for the home, just look for any old clothes that still fit the child that you’re willing to sacrifice. Alternatively look for clothes that are suitable at a thrift store. However, if you want to purchase, I really like these dressing boards (Amazon US and Canada) because they’re inexpensive and look really practical for a home.