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.
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