I knew my daughter needed some help strengthening her fine motor skills. She always held her pencil wrong no matter how many times I corrected her and was having a hard time forming her letters. Instead of having her write them over and over I had her do these three simple sewing activities.
It was amazing how much her writing improved after doing some of these each week. They make great busy bag activities and help children learn to sew too.
Easy Beginner Sewing Activities
The first activity you may have already seen. It’s a fun twist on threading that you can change all the time or whenever your child gets a card. Instead of throwing birthday or other holiday cards away hole punch them around the edges. Then get shoelaces and make your own lacing cards. Show your children how to do it the right way but don’t worry if they don’t do it perfect. It’s all about getting them to do fine movements with their fingers.
The next activity uses an embroidery screen. Cut your embroidery screen so it’s easier to manage. It comes in a large sheet so you will want to cut it in half then you can draw simple shapes with a black sharpie marker.
Show your children how to go in and out of the holes in the screen and trace the shapes so that thread will look like you’re Drawing. Include blank embroidery screens to let your children sew freely through the holes and make their own designs.
Finally making a felt threading activity is a great way to incorporate a theme and it is easier for unexperienced hands. I call this Flower garden threading! You have to name something as cool as this, right?!
My daughter was so excited to get to do this activity. I used ribbon and fastened a button to each end. I cut slits in the felt flowers, leaves, and a sheet of green felt to weave the ribbon through.
As my daughter weaved the ribbon through the sheet, she added the leaves and the flowers where she wanted them to go. The result is a pretty flowered felt garden!
If you have some more advanced beginner sewers, you can try this simple sewing project with them!
What kind of sewing activities do your children enjoy? Leave a comment below!