|Pillows from the first day|
Have Bernina…will travel! That’s my motto. This week, my son’s kindergarten teachers were kind enough to let me bring my sewing machine to school as a choice time activity. He often comes home from school with hand sewn felt stuffies and I just love that they teach the kids to sew by hand at his school. What an important life skill to learn at a young age. I thought it would extend the curriculum if they used a power tool! In two days the kids made 28 pillows. They each picked their own fabrics from my scrap bin, traced the templates, cut, and then brought their creation to me at the machine where I let them push the pedal! We had a lot to sew so I encouraged them to go a bit faster than I normally would. I think they had lots of fun. And I just love that they all went home with a creation they had designed and made. One mom told me her son brought his to the dinner table last night because he was so excited about it.
This guy came up to me and said, “I want one of those machines.” I told him I thought that would be a good idea, to which he replied, “maybe when I’m my own parent I can get one.” 🙂
|Pillows from the second day. The kids were really amped up on the second day because they had seen their friends sewing the first day and were excited about their turn.|
I think that is a wonderful thing to have taught at the school!!! I know that home-ec was one of my favorite classes because (I’m a girl!) it let me be creative in a fun way. And when the guys had to be in the class to (in grade 8 both sexes HAD to take home-ec, woodworking and foods) make something, some of then did enjoy it, although, they didn’t let the other guys know it was fun!!
At this age, maybe that ‘stero-type’ can just dissapear!!! Love that the one boy loved making his pillow and showed it off at the dinner table!!
That was a great teaching/learning project to do!!!!
Thanks, Brenda! I so agree about the gender thing. It is so great to see them completely unaware of what is “for boys” or what is “for girls.” I wish it could stay that way forever…
That’s such a great project to share with the children. I’ll bet your son was really proud. When I taught nursery school (mostly 5 year olds), I brought my sewing machine in one day for a project and the children were delighted. The idea of being able to touch a machine was very exciting for them. I love that one of the pillows has an applique “H” on it.
These are so cute! Isn’t it crazy how excited the kids get about the sewing machine??? We are about to make some pillows in my class too for Mother’s Day.
Hi Katie! I love the “H” one too. It also has a heart on it. I wanted them all to have a chance to embellish but we didn’t have enough time.
What a great Mother’s Day gift! You could put lavender inside.
Brilliant! We will have to do that!
Sewing with kindergartners is so much fun. I did a project with Dalia’s class recently. We made Kippahs. The kids loved picking their fabrics and especially pushing the pedal to make the machine go!!
Hi Sharon! They do love making it go. I felt like the breathless crafter because we were rushing to get so many pillows made and it was crazy chaos and I was trying to make sure no one pushed the pedal while my fingers were too close. I so agree that they love the authorship that comes from fabric selection. They feel like little designers.