My daughter came home nearly every week with some threading from her Reception class last year. At first I wondered why they were doing so much but when I went into class I realised that it is a brilliant independent activity for 4-5 year olds. It is brilliant for practicing fine motor skills, scissor skills and hand-eye coordination. It is also a good skill to learn as it teaches how to sew before using a needle.
We have been reading Old Bear by Kevin Henkes as part of the Virtual Book club. It is an enchanting story with beautiful pictures showing the seasons. Old Bear is a lovable character and all the girls love teddies so it seemed a good idea to make the old bear.
I drew a very simple teddy and Molly cut it out.
She used a teddy bear hole punch to make holes all the way around. A circle hole punch is a bit easier.
We needed a little bit of tape to fix the holes which were a bit close to the edge.
She taped the ribbon to the back and then threaded it through using a running stitch.
We threaded two googly eyes on and a button for a nose. She stuck some fluffy material onto the tummy.
The next stage is to make a teddy using fabric and a needle.
Here is one of the things Molly made at school.