written by: Akili Amina
• edited by: Sarah Malburg
• updated: 3/2/2012
Learning how to sew in the classroom in the past may be something we all took for granted. However, some schools are starting to return to this wonderful way to teach children art and even math. They can never learn too early when you teach them any of the sewing projects within this article.
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Why Should Preschoolers Learn To Sew?
Why should children learn to sew? Why expose them to the world of sewing? Sewing is good for preschool aged children because it will help them with their hand and eye coordination. Learning to sew at an early age will help give them good self-esteem in that they will be glad that they know how to sew like their family members or peers.
Teaching children to sew can actually help them with their math skills and teach them how to measure. Children who know how to sew later on in life are able to save on their mending costs because they can do it for themselves. Teaching children the basics of sewing may even lead to them taking it up as a hobby as they grow older.
Those who fall in love with sewing may see it as more than just a hobby. Such children may even become designers. A large sewing plant might manufacture their clothes, or they may see their clothing walk down a high fashion runway.
This skill has not lost its glory, and it is still a great subject or topic to instill in our very young children. The sewing skill set is one that will help children learn how pieces like their clothing or even their toys such as stuffed animals are put together. Teaching the children that most things made of fabric will often need some type of sewing done to them to create a product is a great lesson to teach.
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Three Easy Sewing Crafts for Preschoolers
Picture Card - Materials: You will need to collect poster board, construction paper, glue, a hole-puncher, colorful yarn or ribbon, scissors, crayon or markers, magazines, a stapler, and coloring books. Instructions: Each child will need to pick out a favorite picture from either the magazine or coloring book. If they choose a coloring book picture, they will need to color it first. Cut out a piece of poster board big enough to use as a backing for their picture. Cut out one half-inch strips to use as borders for the pictures. Glue down the strips of construction paper onto the pictures, and glue the poster board on the backs, and then let them dry. Once the pictures are dry, punch holes along the edges and borders. Show the children how to thread the yarn or ribbon around the edges of the border of the picture and tie in a knot in the back of the picture. Staple a five or six-inch piece of yarn or ribbon to both edges on the top of the picture to use for hanging.
Beaded Necklaces - Materials: You will need to gather colorful beads and string. Instructions: You can cut a piece of string long enough to make a necklace for the child. Tie a knot on one end of the string. Show the children how to thread the string with beads. Allow the children to pick their own bead pattern and complete their necklaces. Tie the ends of the strings together with a knot in order to close up the necklace.
My Homemade Book - Materials: You will need to collect construction paper, paper clips, glue, scissors, stickers, crayons or markers, colorful ribbons or yarn, and a hole-puncher. Instructions: Cut five 6 and 1/2 by 5 inch pieces of construction paper for each child. Fold 1/2 inch of each page down on the left side. You can hold the left side of the pages of the book down with paper clips. Allow the children to decorate each page and write the title on the cover of their book. You can help the children decorate each page of their story with crayons and markers. It is not necessary to write text on any other page other than the title page. Children love to make up brand new stories each time they read their homemade book. Once the children finish decorating the pages, they can start sewing up the book. Unfold the left edges of the book and punch at least four or five holes in it. Help the children thread the yarn or ribbon through the book and tie it in a knot.
These crafts are easy enough that preschoolers can do them. The children will love their crafts and cherish them for a time. The children will learn a little more about sewing materials together with these simple, age appropriate tasks.