Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Living 3 Feet Tall in a 6 Foot World

Think for a moment how it would feel to learn a new skill that required intense concentration while sitting at a table made for someone twice your size - in a chair twice your size! 

montessori school where children are given a choice where to work, on 
small furniture or the floor - whichever is most comfortable to each child

When very young children use adult furniture they often cannot get comfortable.  Their feet don’t reach the floor; their arms are propped up at uncomfortable angles.

a mom sets up a machine sewing space using child size furniture

In my experience they squirm and wiggle throughout even a 1 hour long sewing session trying to find a comfortable position for their arms and legs; they try kneeling on the chair or sitting on one folded leg while the other dangles, both positions can put little legs to sleep pretty quickly – not very conducive to a fun learning experience is it?

a children's painting space that could easily be made over for hand sewing

When all else fails many will end up standing at the table to work, or try to sew in their laps.  Think about making your child as comfortable as possible when you sew together.

Where does your child sew?


  1. well my youngest is turning 15, she's my one that sews & she is bigger/taller than me! But when she was little I would put her machine on a childsized table with a small chair

  2. That's what I'm talking about Ellyn. As an adult I have short legs...too short to be totally comfortable in the one-size-fits-all chairs we all have. That's why I love my custom wheelchair. It's only a couple inches shorter than my dining room chairs, but that 2" means a world of comfort.

    Your daughter was very lucky to have such a thoughtful mom!