A button spinner is a fun and easy pioneer activity. They are also called whirligigs. If you're looking for a simple craft idea for a pioneer family home evening... this is it.
2 1/2 feet of heavy string
1 largish button with 2 or 4 holes
Thread your button through two diagonal holes. Tie the ends of the thread together. Holding the thread with a finger on each hand, twirl the button until the thread is pretty tight. Stretch it out and pull to make the button spin. Pull hard stretching and then relaxing the string. This takes practice to keep it going, but once it does it's really cool! Check out the short video of a button spinner in action.