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On Nora's Shelves -- Bead Sewing

With Nora at school each day, the amount of toys and materials that she is using at home has gone way down. She comes home from school, eats and then either engages in some practical life work around the house or will retreat to a play area to relax with some of her favorite things. There hasn't been a huge need to create things for her to do.

Montessori at home activity - bead sewing for a 3-year-old.

And, I know that she is getting what she needs academically at school, so I really get the luxury of letting of strictly just following her interests without worry about her meeting some "goal." Not that her Montessori school is all that concerned about that either! 

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One of the things Nora has been enjoying lately is bead sewing. She uses tiny glass beads, and sews them in patterns on fabric. She loves creating designs and patterns all her own. The fabric is just a piece of thick placemat that I found at the Target dollar spot. I cut it to match the size of her embroidery hoop. It works great and was cheaper than buying thick fabric at the craft store. 

She still needs help threading the needle, but she is getting there! Otherwise, this is something she chooses on her own and can do independently. And, it's a great way to work those fingers! Plus, you can't beat that concentration. 

Montessori at home activity - bead sewing for a 3-year-old.

What does your 3-year-old enjoy? Does your child like to sew?


Beautiful! Just passed this on to my friend who teaches 3-6 year olds. I always love watching little ones sew :)

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