This week’s sewing for little hands is a “sew a story” activity geared towards the smallest sewists. This is a great pre-sewing & fine motor activity for ages 3 and up (with some parental assistance).
White Rabbit’s Color Book is a super fun little book about a rabbit who starts out white and keeps jumping into pots of different colors and combinations. For young readers, it’s fun because you never know what color the rabbit will change into next and for older readers it’s a great introduction to the combining colors.
Planting a Rainbow is just a fun and simple book about all the different colors and varieties of plants that are all the colors of the rainbow. It does have a fun section in the back where all the pages are cut at different lengths making a rainbow of the garden.
And last was a new to me book recommended by a friend called A Rainbow of My Own. This is a fabulous little book and during story time it lended itself so well to be acted out by my little participants. We looked behind us when the little boy did – searching for our own rainbows. This one was a hit!
Second, the activity.
I found a package of these rectangular, foam trays at the local Dollar Tree for…you guessed it…a dollar. They were the perfect shape and size for this activity. I took a sharp pencil and poked holes in the tray in the shape of a rainbow. Just to note: You really need to go through the front and then again through the back to get a cleaner hole for the thread to pass through.
Next up, cut about a yard length of rainbow yarn and tape it to the backside. Use some tape to make a “needle” on the other end of the yarn for passing through the holes. You are ready to sew!
Pass it out to your favorite preschooler and show them how to bring the yarn up from the back and then follow it back down through the top.
A sewing tip for new little hands
I have found that the hardest thing for new sewists to tackle (be them 3 or older) is the idea of coming up from the bottom and then back through the top. In class, I call this “following your thread”. When your thread (or yarn) is on the top, you have to push it back to the bottom. Find your thread again, if it’s on the bottom, then you push it back through to the top. It’s this rhythm of up and down – bottom to top to bottom to top – that is the hardest to figure out, but once they do it’s like magic.