Cohort A has continued to show an interest in designing their own shelters. We decided that while creating shelter is important, it is also important to be able to share the space with a friend. The educators came together and offered the children an experience to learn a new life skill, we learned how to sew! The idea behind this activity was for the children to sew a survival buddy that could hangout with them in their shelter.
Since sewing is a new idea for many of the children, we noticed that some were a little hesitant to try at first, but with the encouragement from the educators, the children dove in. Soon the survival buddies were coming to life!
It was clear that the children enjoyed being able to make something that they had pictured in their head, from start to finish so we decided to make sewing a weekly event. Cohort A became sewing machines! Every Thursday, both morning and afternoon, the children got together to decide what they wanted to make and put the plan in action. They made pillows, gym bags, wallets, money pouches, survival bags for their buddies, and even created details, such as faces by sewing on buttons and felt on to the fabric.
I'm looking forward to future creations!