Don’t push my button!

If you are around a group of preschoolers long enough, you quickly learn that if you don’t want them to do something then just start your sentence with the word “Don’t!”. My preschoolers have a terrific sense of humor and they got a huge kick out of reading the book “Don’t Push the Button” by Bill Cotter…

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“Don’t Push the Button” by Bill Cotter is a simply illustrated book about a monster who warns the reader not to push his button. Of course, even the little monster gets curious at what might happen if you push the button once, or perhaps two, or three times….

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The book is interactive and invites the children to read-along and eventually to – push that button…

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To have some extra fun, I put together a set of buttons for story book tokens for each of my students to use as a game and as a tool for discussion about the book when they got home. To make a button similar to the button shown in our book, I gathered up all my plastic lids then hot glued one red plastic lid to the center of a cardboard square for each child…

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After we read the story, I gave each child one of my home-made push-buttons and we played our own version of “Don’t Push My Button!”…

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We played with our buttons in several ways but the gist was I would say something like, “Don’t push your button or it will make you jump!” and then of course everyone would quickly push their button and start jumping…

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Or I might say, “Don’t push your button or you might crawl or moo like a cow.” It didn’t take long before the children made up their own ideas for what might happen if we pushed our buttons…

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Every child took their button home at the end of the day and one mom told me that her little guy took his button out at home and told his mom “Don’t push my button or I will go crazy!” Mom said “I feel that way daily!”

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I am sure you have a book that your students just love. Drop me a comment below and tell me a little bit about it! We just love finding new books to treasure.  PS. If you are reading this post by email, click on the title of the email and come and visit me on the blog to leave your comment for all of us to enjoy.

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By |2017-05-22T13:07:07+00:00February 2nd, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Rhythm February 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a lot of fun!! I have an EASY button that I push and it makes kids laugh! Guaranteed!

  2. eileen February 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    The children I work with (age 3-5) love “Freight Train” by Donald Crews. I made a set of train cars from 3×5 index cards. The children help me put the cars together as we read the story. Then, at the end of the book, we play a game where they close their eyes and I remove one or more cards. They take turns guessing which one is missing. (I show them the outside of the book which has the whole train) as a clue. Then I give them a chance to remove cards and puzzle each other. They love that.

  3. Diane February 2, 2014 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    A favorite book that my kids love is “Bark, George!” by Jules Feiffer It is about a puppy that doesn’t bark but he can quack like a duck. meow like a kitten etc. The puppy goes to the vet and low and behold the vet pulls out a duck, a kitten etc. if you don’t know this one check it out a funny book with a very silly ending! It is also a good book where the class can help out with the animal sounds…
    Thanks for the review and fun idea for the book “Don’t Push My Button” sounds great!

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