You might have seen my previous post and video on sewing for kids, it was one of my most popular posts. Sewing is also one of Z’s favourite activities at 3 years old. Just like our hammering activity, I have moved it back into rotation recently and it remains a hit.
Here’s the old video from when he just turned 3 years old (he’s now almost 4 years old).
(NEW POST) Did you know there is a sequence that works for kids when it comes to learning SEWING? I did not, until now! Z is 3 years old, so he has only reached the level you see at the end of the video, but this book has the sequences and project ideas until age 5-6!
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Read my review: http://plantingpeas.com/sewing-for-kids/
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Posted by Planting Peas on Thursday, April 9, 2015
I realized that I had been too excited about sewing but forgot the basics. I reviewed my awesome Sewing In The Montessori Classroom book and chose a few activities that are appropriate for him at this stage. All of these activities are done under supervision in our home.
1. Snipping yarn
First, I made a little jar of yarn for Z. The yarn is a small ball of yarn that I have pre-cut in advance — the idea is to encourage him to keep pulling and cutting, so when the yarn runs out he would have finished his work. I change the colours of the yarn every so often and this entices him to cut more. He’s learning there’s quite a different skill to it than cutting paper, so selecting a sharp pair of scissors is important.
2. Threading a needle
We have a couple of embroidery needles from our Montessori By Mom Space Explorer toolkit that were perfect. I purchased a couple of threaders that worked fine for us, although I wish I had purchased these instead because they are sturdier (we have already lost 1 of our threaders because they are too flimsy).
3. Pulling apart burlap
The objective of this lesson is to help a child understand the constructs of fabric. Burlap is perfect because of its rough weave. I cut burlap into small 2″x2″ pieces and watched in amazement at the intense focus coming from my 3.5 year old while he pulls burlap apart.
4. Running stitch
In the above video, you’ll see that our simple hole-punched lacing strip was where he needed more practise. I also realized that I was showing him a whipstitch, which proved to be more challenging, so I went back to introduce him to a simple running stitch instead.
On a side note, my (then) 8 year old took to all these activities easily. I gave him burlap in an embroidery hoop, showed him how to do a couple of stitches, went to cook dinner, and voila — this is what he produced after an hour. It is still proudly displayed on our art wall of fame.