For three weeks the children have been supported to explore threading and sewing.
They started with simple threading and exploring different objects, materials and fabrics. Children then looked at a range of art and craft books to inspire them.
Most children decided they wanted to create a bag: children selected fabric (which had been donated to the school).
Next they drew a plan and shared their ideas.
Children then accessed their bags when they wanted to, an adult was available nearby to support them and develop skills.
We wanted children to develop autonomy and agency as well as the skills of sewing.
It supported children developing concentration, hand eye coordination, problem solving (when they wanted to attach gems on bags and couldn't sew them) and communication.
Such a rich process for children to engage in and manage.
Rachel Keeling Nursery School
Bullard's Place, Morpeth Street, London, E2 0PS
Tel: 020 89805856
RACHEL KEELING IS PART OF THE RACHEL KEELING AND CHILDREN'S HOUSE NURSERY FEDERATION