Prickie’s Pinback Button Badges (for toddlers?)

Most parents don’t consider pinback buttons for their toddlers… and for good reason. Toddlers love to grab and manipulate everything within reach. Some lunatic put pointy metal needles on the back these buttons. What were they thinking?

A button showing the letter A.But seriously, it’s with a hearty, "Be careful!" and "Don’t blame me if your kid gets injured!" that I relate the following story and provide link to a prolific button retailer.

This past summer I worked on the campaigns of two city council candidates, and designed one of their campaign buttons. My 2-year-old daughter quickly learned each candidate’s name and the idea that anytime I left the house I was wearing my "Alex" and "Mark" buttons. Within a few days she insisted that she wear Alex and Mark buttons, too.

I pinned them to her hat or jacket (an overcast summer day on the California coast can be 60 degrees). She never fidgeted with or tried to remove the buttons, although I know she might not act that way at 3, 4 or 5-years-old.

Just the same, I’m intrigued with the idea of using buttons as a fun clothing accessory, and also as an educational and motivational tool.

Wear a pin as a reward during potty training. Wear an alphabet pin to teach a different letter each day. Have your child assess the weather outside, then wear a pin that matches it. Buttons are like stickers, except you can use them again and again.

(The "A" button shown above is by the designer Pixelfinity. He has a button for every letter of the alphabet.)

If you have a tame level-headed kid and can supervise the wearing of a button, why not do it?

I found Prickie yesterday, an expansive seller of button badges, via the Random Good Stuff blog. They sell button designs from more than 700 artists. You could spend an entire workday browsing their catalog. *cough*

Thingamababy has diverse readership, so I’ll caution that many of Prickie’s designs are oriented toward adults and some are for a mature audience.

In that sense, you may wish to add interesting buttons to your shopping cart, then show your kid those buttons from within the cart.

Below are some of the buttons that interest me. Prickie’s interface uses Flash, so I can’t directly link to each button. If a button interests you, write down the designer’s name, then look up that designer in the "shop" area of their web site.

Update: Read my update after my daughter’s use of 24 pinback buttons.

Weather buttons
Snow falling from a cartoon cloud button.

Cartoon sun button.

Cartoon wind and rain cloud button.

Cartoon rainy cloud with rainbow button.

Sunny day with green tree button.

Cartoon rain cloud button.

Cartoon storm cloud with lightning bolt button.

Other neat buttons

Black cat button.
Cartoon cat button.

Cartoon cat button.
Cartoon cat button.
Photo cat button.
Cartoon cat button.
Painted cat button.
Cartoon dog button.
Cartoon dog button.
Photo dog button.
Front half of a wiener dog button.
Mid-section of a wiener dog button.
Back section of a wiener dog button.
Yellow flower button.
Cartoon butterfly button.
Cartoon bee button.
Yellow circle with googly eyes button.
Cartoon elephant button.
Cartoon panda button.
Cartoon panda eating leaves button.
Cartoon tiger button.
Cartoon tiger button.
Cartoon tiger button.
Drawing of a boy with a beanie hat button.
Smiley face button.
Smiling guinea pig button.
Cartoon owl eyes and beak button.
Soccer ball button.
Basketball button.
Santa Claus button.
Snowman button.
Cartoon bird and worm button.
Robot button.
Robot with a heart button.
Robot with a sock puppet button.
Blue cartoon character button.
Brown monster with red apple on head button.
Stegosaurus riding a bicycle button.
Triceratops riding a tricycle button
Apatosaurus riding a bicycle button.
Tyrannosaurus Rex riding a bicycle button.
Yellow ducky button.
Red Lego-like brick button.


4 Responses to “Prickie’s Pinback Button Badges (for toddlers?)”

  1. Robert says:

    What about those button making machines? Are they any good? Then you can personalize the buttons for whatever you want.

    February 8th, 2007 at 5:55 pm

  2. AJ says:

    You’d need to be a button fanatic to buy your own button press, otherwise you’d never make back your investment (assuming you buy a quality press, $200+, not some cheap plastic thing). And even then, how many buttons are you realistically going to design for yourself? Sure, it’d be neat to design your own buttons for a while, but part of the fun is in the collecting of other peoples’ designs.

    February 8th, 2007 at 10:37 pm

  3. rockabyemama says:

    I LOVE this idea!! The possibilities are endless…letter of the day, word of the day…if my 2 year old daughter will wear one without danger, then I’m definitely getting some buttons!

    By the way, I just recently found your blog and think it’s so great!

    February 16th, 2007 at 5:22 pm

  4. sarah says:

    hey i love elephants

    March 21st, 2008 at 3:50 pm

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