Over recent weeks, children have been supported to develop skills through a range of weaving and sewing experiences.
Initially children were invited to work collaboratively to create large scale sculptures, weaving recycled fabric through a grid. Children made patterns, filled spaces and worked harmoniously. We noticed lots of talk and conversations were happening while children worked with their hands.
What followed next was some printing on fabric: again children were encouraged to think about patterns they might make and recognise repeated patterns.
Once this was dry, children returned after a few days to embellish their fabric using cotton, beads and buttons. Some children were able to thread their needles and sew the beads and buttons after being shown only once! A few understood how to fasten their embellishments and reinforce them so they wouldn't wobble.
Other children were encouraged to sew using binka fabric. This meant that the sewing process was a little simpler but to beautiful effect. Many children demonstrated sustained concentration and showed real joy in their achievements!
Can you sew or knit? Maybe share your skills with your children.
Rachel Keeling Nursery School
Bullard's Place, Morpeth Street, London, E2 0PS
Tel: 020 89805856
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