Boo has been asking and asking to learn how to sew. She got her hands on a bag of fabric scraps the other day and was determined to “make a bag with mama.” I was amazed how she stuck with this project, sometimes rolling on the floor, sometimes helping to put pins back in the cushion, and mostly just directing. She wanted to be involved and feel that she was really sewing, so as I put in a pin she would say, “Now put the pin there.” When the bag was done she was so proud of the work we had done together!
I realized that my almost-four-year-old is ready to learn some real skills. I love her self-assurance that she can make anything, and the way she will take felt and scotch tape and say she’s making a shirt or mix together flour and purple paint and tell me she’s making yarn. Imagination and confidence make lovely partners.
But hands-on skills are important too, and this girl is ready. We’re starting with some simple embroidery (I’ll share about that soon) and she may want to help papa with some upcoming woodworking projects. Any other ideas?