March 20, 2012
Preschool and Kindergarten sewing activities that will improve eye-hand motor skills are a must. Below, I have listed the most common supplies that even a homeroom teacher may adapt for quiet time use with her small charges. Teachers should only supply large, plastic, round-tipped needles to children this young!
- Lacing Cards
- Stringing Giant Beads
- Sew’n Sew (wooden sewing block)
- Stringing cereal
Sewing activities for first through third graders may be similar to the above suggestions only slightly more complicated in nature.
- Two-sided felt animals with pre-cut holes. Teachers can also craft projects like these using paper.
- Stringing small beads
- Stringing dried fruit or candy as a gift for a parent
- Sewing decorative threads to pre-printed holiday cards
Sewing for fourth graders and up! Although there are many children younger than nine or ten who can sew, we suggest that teachers wait until fourth or fifth grade to introduce kids to sewing projects in the classroom. This is because sewing with sharp needles requires some mature accountability on the part of a student. Teachers need to be in charge of any artistic activities that involve this kind of risk taking. A sewing needle can seem harmless enough, but, there are many health risks involved when open wounds are probable, even when the wound is the size of a pin prick. So proceed with caution and write a note home or send an e-mail to your student’s parents explaining that their child will be expected to conduct themselves appropriately with sewing materials in your classroom.
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March 20, 2012
Every spring my daughters and I collect from their closets clothing and other items that they have either outgrown or no longer need.
These items are then donated to charity.
However, given the fact that I am very sentimental about my children, it often makes me sad to see them throw away those things that I have associated fond childhood memories with. Of course, you can not keep everything.
This sample banner, I think, helps me to demonstrate just how my students may use some of the old garments and novelty toys they might label as “toss offs.”
This image of a young teen is from a marvelous book. I will find it in my bookcase sometime today and link to the author/artist here.
Students may even include text in their samplers; here I have used a permanent ink marker to write a story directly onto the fabric.
Here I have demonstrated that students don’t need to follow stricter rules used by quilters when they are thinking about their designs. I’ve used both the reverse and the front of this fabric within the same design.
The batting here is used as though it were fabric and some of the edges of fabric are left raw and frayed. Small plastic toys from my children’s old toy bins are also sandwiched between layers of material.
Even a silk flower from one of my younger child’s old costumes finds it’s way into the mix!
Finally, I have backed my textile sample with fabric from a skirt once worn by my youngest.