“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu
It’s the time of year for celebrating love and our preschooler is never short on affection. She has smiles and hugs for days, and she lights up any room with laughter. She is also a serious daddy’s girl. My husband and I like to joke that she has a GPS locator on him because she will tell you where he is at any given moment. For Valentine’s Day last year, when she was just shy of 2, we worked together in the kitchen to make her tech-savvy dad some sugar-free pixelated chocolate and almond butter heart candies.
This year, I thought it would be a good time to incorporate some simple sewing. I really enjoyed sewing when I was a child and picked it back up as an adult. It’s a relaxing hobby and I enjoy having this type of creative outlet to make things for my family when time allows. Our daughter has a sewing board with blunt-tipped needles and a sewing card is a great way to introduce some basic sewing concepts in preparation for that work. Sewing promotes fine-motor skills, concentration, and creativity. This particular activity has the added benefit of: 1) allowing the child to participate in the construction of the medium used for sewing; in this case a piece of construction paper cut into the shape of a heart using blunt safety scissors. (I later laminated the heart for durability and used a heart-shaped hole punch.) 2) enabling the child to repeat the sewing process over and over until they have completed that work.
Since this is her first experience with sewing, instead of working with her blunt-tipped needles, she used yarn with scotch tape wrapped around the end to mimic the function of a needle. Our preschooler enjoyed repeating the sewing of her heart card, choosing different heart-shaped holes to thread on each iteration. She will likely work with it on and off until tomorrow when she gives the card to her dad for Valentine’s Day. We hope you all are enjoying some activities inspired by love. Happy Valentine’s Day! This activity was inspired by Preschool Art: It’s the Process, Not the Product!
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