Friday, August 5, 2011

Kids Making

Miss 9 had a school project recently where she had to design and make something to solve a problem or have a use. Okay, after her initial idea of a prosthetic hand 'for people who might not have a hand and need to pick things up'...was deemed too tricky, I suggested she think of something a little closer to home. I love the ambitious nature kids have though, don't you. She decided that we always have trouble finding hairties for school in the morning(hmmmm wonder why that might be???)

So then, she sketched up a plan to make a little softie/hairtie looker afterer. She sketched it and she selected her fabrics from the scrapbox. I had her make a pattern by tracing her design onto baking paper. She did all the 'work' herself just following my assembly instructions-which was allowed.

I really enjoyed this little task despite feeling a bit stressed at times when old leadfoot was driving the sewing machine. Oh my goodness!!! The most precious moment was when she turned the fabric in the right way to find her ribbons stitched in place-she couldn't quite get how this was going to work. She looked so surprised and needless to say she was chuffed with the end result.

It stayed true to her original design with the exception of adding some fingerknitting as a hanging tool. She glanced at her fingerknitting sitting in the craftroom and said 'maybe we could hang it up with that'. I love how children create without limits and boundries.
little pocket for hairties
fastening hairclips and bobby pins to the ribbons for easy storage
There was also a written component of the assignment as well as a class presentation.
She kept telling me 'Mummy I'm really proud of myself'....words we haven't heard in a very long time. When I asked her how the presentation went she said everyone liked it except soandso. She said, 'I bet you didn't make that' Hmmpphhh! There's always one isn't there!


Bungalowgirl said...

That is gorgeous, she has done a fantastic job. Next she'll be opening an etsy store and selling them! melx

karlyn Jackson said...

Clever Bella, I love it...........gosh Lea she is looking more and more like you every day. It's so weird to look at her and see my little friend at that age.

Clair Bremner said...

Hi, i hope you don't mind me having a stickybeak and chiming in over here, i just followed the link from the comment you left on my blog ;)
I must say you have a very clever and imaginative young lady on your hands. I think that is brilliant. Well done to her :)

tassy said...

So cute! Love it! I must say, A VERY clever idea! Missing hairties! LOL! I sometimes have a missing hairBRUSH! You did a VERY good job.

Love your BFF Tasmyn.

Sheree said...

Wow she has done such a great job on's adorable and so clever!!

Sheree xx