This year I introduced my pre-Kindergarten students to hand sewing through an centuries old tradition inspired by the work of educator Friedrich Froebel.

Froebel is best known for inventing Kindergarten in the early 1800’s. His work as a researcher and teacher had far reaching influence in modern art, architecture, and of course, education. He

believed that children are creative beings and that the best learning happens through play.

Froebel created a number of still relevant “gifts” and “occupations” - small toys from natural materials that encouraged creativity and fine motor skills. One of the many sets he developed  was a sewing card, and in this project I sought to give my students a contemporary take on the Froebel classic.


Learning objective

Pre-Kindergarten students will create original artwork using yarn and foam core board.

Common Core Standards - pre-Kindergarten

Cr1.2.PKa - engage in self directed, creative making

Cr2.1.PKa - use a variety of art making tools

Cr3.1.PKa - share and talk about personal artwork


prep: foam core boards were cut into 10x10” squares, and perforated with 13 evenly spaced holes in a “biscuit” pattern

  1. Students will choose colors to work with, and will cut lengths of yarn to be threaded on plastic needles
  2. Geometric designs (determined by students) will be sewn onto foam core squares
  3. Final embellishments will be made with dot stickers, jewels, or other decor
  4. Students will name their final piece and introduce and explain their work to their peers

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