Alligator Purse Learn To Sew Activity:
Sewing is a great learning activity for parents to do with their children that combines fine motor skills, life skills, and creativity. In this activity, grade schoolers will sew their own Alligator Purse to go along with the story, "The Lady with the Alligator Purse."
Alligators are SO much fun to learn about and with that we can't leave our grade schoolers out of the fun! If you missed our tot-school A is for Alligator post or Kim's post about what she did with her grade schooler - chomp, I mean stomp, no wait - stop, on over for lots of ideas! When afterschooling (the learning that happens after school gets out) I try to think of the things that I feel are important skill and life lessons that I know my daughter is not getting at school.
Sewing is one of those skills that I believe helps with math, hand-eye coordination and life skills. At my house, if there is a hole in your clothing, it gets mended, not thrown away. The only way to learn this skill is to practice it! And so, this week, we made an alligator purse!
Depending on the age and experience of your sewer, you can adapt this activity to meet their level! My daughter is in the early stages of sewing and so I provide her with enough support that she can feel like she successfully completed a project on her own. We are working on the straight stitch.
For this project, you will need
1. Green felt
3. Green Thread
5. Ribbon or Ric-Rac
6. Sewing machine (optional)
7. A bit of stuffing
8. Fabric paint for extras
I started by just free-hand cutting 2 alligators (same shape and same size) out of felt.
When they are done straight stitching around the edges, have them stuff a bit of stuffing into the head and tail. This just gives it a little extra depth. Then, using fabric paint add eyes and any design your little one may choose!
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