Good Morning and Happy Monday!
Eli likes to watch me sew and always wants to try himself. Once I let him push the pedal of my sewing machine and then quickly vowed to let some time pass before we tried that again. I have also let him pull needles through fabric, but it is just a matter of time before blood is drawn, his or mine. We needed something safer. Introduce what we affectionatly call...KID NEEDLES. I purchsed these kid needles at Joann's by the pony beads. They are big, plastic, and have a blunt end. Perfect.
|I had been holding on to this piece of stryfoam long after the watermelon that came on it was gone. I poked holes in the shape of a Z, threaded a kid needle with yarn, and taped the end to the back of the styrofoam.|
|Eli then threaded the yarn through the holes. He said he was "sewing" and loved it!|
|Once you reach the end, go backwards to make a complete line instead of one with spaces between the stitches. We went back and forth over our Z a few times.|
This could be done with all letters, shapes, or designs on cardboard, an old filing folder, a cereal box, etc. Probably looking into your recycling bin would yield something on which to sew. Eli really liked this and it took me a two minutes to do the prep work. Really easy clean-up too! It was fascinating to watch Eli work on this. He really had to concentrate on his hand-eye coordination. We were working those fine motor skills!
Here are a couple printable lacing cards I have seen out in Internet-Land. Enjoy!
Printable Sewing Cards at Mini-eco
Shamrock and Rainbow Lace Ups at Chalk in My Pocket