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Can your 4 1/2 year old do the buttons on his pants?

My 4 1/2 year old is having difficulty doing the button on his pants, and i'm not sure why. We have showed him that you need to line up the buttons and push them together. And he still doesn't seem to get it. I am not sure wether or not he is not ABLE, or not WILLING, although I suspect it is the latter. So, please tell me, are your 4 1/2 year olds able to do this task?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:36 PM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Yes my daughter can..she will not allow anyone to help her either..

    Answer by Dannee at 2:37 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • yes, this is right about the time they should start to learn to do this. Mine does, but still with help on occassion.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:38 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • Buttons or snaps? My oldest just started doing the snaps on his pants when he was about 4 1/2. He had a fine motor skill delay. I was told it's actually not uncommon that 4 year olds can't snap jeans.

    Buttons, he doesn't have any on his pants, but he was buttoning shirts before he was snapping. My 3 year old can button his shirts (moderate fine motor skill delay) but can't even come close to snapping yet.....

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:35 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • my daughter is 4 years 2 months, she can do snaps, and buttons, but some seem to be more difficult than others.

    Answer by jcsmummy at 6:00 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • my daughter can button most pants when she cant then she asks for help

    Answer by rickitikitavi at 7:06 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • my SS is 5 and still has trouble buttoning and even snapping sometimes for his pants. lol

    Answer by aly38914290 at 8:57 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • my daughter is almost 3 1/2 and it shocked me that she could snap and button... she a real independent kinda kid tho. Jus give a lil more time 2 practice, shouldnt take much longer

    Answer by StarrCooKie at 9:15 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • my daughter can button her pants, but I think its not a huge deal if he can't do it yet, he'll get there. My daughter has trouble with one pair of pants, and I think its just a matter that they don't understand the amount of pressure to apply to snap it. Good luck!

    Answer by marinewife26 at 10:04 PM on Mar. 24, 2009

  • no, he can't but he has dexterity issues. he also has trouble holding a pencil or crayon correctly.

    Answer by sophie_sue24 at 10:50 AM on Mar. 25, 2009

  • Mine cannot yet either. He has fine motor issues so we are working on botton, snap, starting a zipper, holding pen properly. Any suggestions?

    Answer by my2turkeys at 4:22 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

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