Do you think your child is too small or lacks enough coordination to use straight pins? A few serious pokes from a pin could be enough to make you question safety. It may turn a child off of sewing, too.
Are you looking for inspiration for shapes for your child to sew? How about making a pocket pal using cookie cutters? A pocket pal is a tiny stuffed softie that fits in a pocket.
Using large, simple cookie cutters as templates for tracing shapes onto felt, you and your child can make a pocket pal, or several! Visit the cookie cutter section at your favourite kitchen supply store and look for shapes that are not too complicated.
Think for a moment how it would feel to learn a new skill that requires intense concentration while sitting at a table made high enough for someone twice your size, in a chair twice your size. That is something I think about a lot when I teach kids to sew.
Kids need kid-sized furniture. Why is that?
I think one of the worst things a grown-up can do is shame a child.
I remember in grade 2 the class was asked by Teacher to colour a tree. It was autumn, and I had loads of fun choosing crayons with vibrant, joyful fall colours for my tree. I soon got into trouble for not following directions, though. I didn't hear, Teacher wanted the leaves green. I was so hurt that she didn't like my beautiful tree. Well, that's how my 7-year-old self saw it, anyway.
We've all seen kids do exactly the opposite of what we think we are asking them to do. Like when we say, “Don’t lean your chair back on two legs.” The next thing you know, sure enough, there he is balancing the chair on two legs.