Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Felt Garland

 
 Felt Leaves

Seeking to add a little Autumn element to our home, I chanced upon this post of a lovely little felt garland from A Beautiful Mess http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/09/fall-leaves-garland-diy-project-.html
With loads of felt on hand, there was no purchase necessary, so we got straight to work.

 Sensory Sleep

Little did I know this would double as a sensory activity for Baby C who loves, loves, loves to cuddle on the floor! As soon as she noticed the felt falling to the ground, she hopped on and laid down her head!

 In and Out

We used large needles and embroidery thread. Since O is a beginner, it's great to find simple sewing projects like this. She was learning to sew in and out and wanted to do 'sew' completely on her own, sans instructions. So I set up shop beside her and kept my mouth shut;)


I've been reading about "Holding/keeping the Space" while our children work and play alongside us. 
The point is to be doing an activity of your own liking, in the presence of your child(ren), but an activity in which you can remain interacting with your child (meaning a phone conversation, book or TV show does not apply here. They know when your mind is missing, as most parents can attest to.)
Hand-sewing and knitting are good examples of this since you can carry on with your handiwork, while keeping your mind/body present. Children can join in on your activity if they're interested or continue to play in their own realm with you completely available. 

 Spreading out the leaves

O is at a personal point where she is interested in sewing and handiwork.

Mama: "Did it prick you yet?"
O: "Yeah, Lots of times!"

Knotting
The results were simple and sophisticated;)


EXPAND ON AUTUMN DECOR
More Garlands. Another pretty project that would be easy for little hands. Including the ever-trendy pom poms.
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