From Montessori Album
Practical Life - Sewing
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Age4.5 - 5
PrerequisitesLacing Cards
Threading a Needle
Tying Knots
Materialschalk or washable marker
needle threader
embroidery floss or yarn
small embroidery hoop
square of fabric

In this activity the child learns how to do embroidery.


  1. Carry the tray to a mat or table.
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  2. Draw a shape on the fabric with the chalk. (Do this inside the hoop to be sure the shape will fit.)
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  3. Loosen the screw to separate the hoops.
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  4. Set the inner hoop on the tray.
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  5. Lay the fabric over the inner hoop.
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  6. Line up outer loop on top and press into place.
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  7. Tighten the screw on the outer loop.
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  8. Thread the needle as was learned in Threading a Needle.
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  9. Tie a knot in the end of the yarn.
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  10. Start with the needle on the back side of the fabric. Press gently to make a little bump to be sure the needle will come through in the right place.
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  11. Push the needle through the fabric.
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  12. Move your hand to the front of the fabric and pull the needle. When the needle is pulled through far enough, grasp it near the eye so you are also holding the yarn from slipping off the needle.
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Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions