Friday, February 3, 2012

5 Little Kites

5 Little Kites
One little kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another, then there were two.
Two little kites, flying high above me.
Along came another, then there were three
Three little kites, just watch them soar
Along came another, then there were four.
Four little kites, so high and alive
Along came another, then there were five.
Five little kites dancing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up so high!
-author unknown-

Another small sewing project for K.  :-)  She went through my material tub and chose five that she wanted to create kites out of.  Great conversation can come out of exploring material!  Children can be encouraged to feel different textures, describe what they feel, see, tough, notice patterns and etc.

I had to cut the material with my material scissors but she definitely wanted to "pop" it open and arrange it on the felt background.  We used the same approach as we did with her paper kites and hearts...folding in half and cutting half the shape. 

She also enjoyed looking at my embroidery thread container.  Shades of colors!  Our elementary school doesn't have an art teacher :-( and really they don't even start talking about shades of colors until 1st grade and that for descriptive writing purposes...but I find that this interests preschoolers and so I try to slip it in frequently.   I see we've used enough that I can go get some of my loose skeins of embroidery thread and refill my container!  She used one strand (or two if we needed to cut and start fresh because of an oopsie!) out of the thread with a regular sewing needle for around the kites (her chosen colors) and the rest of that embroidery thread with a yarn needle for the string.  I use real yarn needles instead of plastic ones.  I teach that these are tools not toys and they tend to show caution when using.   She chose her buttons and I did try to teach her how to crochet one line...however her coordination wasn't quite ready for either approach I used (with and without the crochet needle) so she settled for choosing the color of yarn and trying before saying that I could just do it.  But A for effort!  At one time she wasn't so apt at trying these new skill.

I was going to show her how to sew simple triangle bows but by the time we got to this part she was done with the sewing project and that's fine.  If you have an older child...perhaps that's something you'd like to add. 

She enjoys sewing in small doses...and that is what I recommend for this age.  Simple projects and done in multiple sessions. 

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