In November, I decided to introduce sewing to my grade 4 class. Sewing is an art that has long been lost amongst kids and is no longer thought to be as important of a life skill as it was even just a generation ago. To introduce sewing to my grade 4 class, I decided on the most basic activity: sewing a button. The purpose of this activity was for students to first get used to sewing movements, before moving on to more complex sewing projects.
During our sewing activity, some of the skills we focused on were:
While older kids are likely more proficient with their motor skills, those who are slightly younger will still struggle a little when it comes to their fine motor skills. Sewing is actually one activity that can help students improve these motor skills, as well as develop hand-eye
coordination. Surprisingly enough, what I observed was students who struggled with handwriting were also the ones who found it hardest to stitch.
Cognitive Development & Inculcating Patience
Our sewing activity encouraged students to think and strengthen their problem-solving skills. In addition, becoming proficient with sewing takes time, and for students to become good at it requires them to have patience. Given that this is a skill that takes time to get better at, patience
and sewing go hand-in-hand.
Perhaps one of the most important things learned from sewing is the simple survival skill; the
ability to sew a button themselves rather than being dependent on someone to do this task for them.