Earlier in January, we shared with you that the children had been exploring hand sewing and were beginning to design their ideas for baby blankets to keep our classroom baby dolls warm in the chilly winter months.
The sewing machine was then brought into the classroom to familiarize ourselves with machine sewing techniques and continue to increase our sewing abilities!
Becoming more comfortable using the sewing machine and understanding it different functions, the children were then ready to sew their baby blankets. Counting together, we discovered that we have been caring for seven different babies in the Brown Room so, naturally, we needed to create seven different blankets.
For the past few days, children have been working in partner pairs to create these blankets together.
Throughout this collaborative process, children have had to navigate both the pros and the cons that come as a result of working with someone on a team.
Demonstrating turn taking and patience was key to creating these blankets. It was also necessary for the children to be effective communicators and listeners while sharing ideas with one another. Many children wanted to incorporate their own personal preferences into their blanket design, but were required to negotiate, compromise, and problem solve with their partner in order to make sure that both children's ideas were ultimately represented in the final blanket creation.
While working together, Van and Eloise initially agreed on the front and back pieces of fabric to use for their blanket. Focusing on choosing "comfy" materials, they each selected a piece of fabric that was soft and also "matched" to include green color on both sides.
When considering adding details to their blanket, their opinions began to differ slightly.
Searching through the collection of fabric pieces, the team decided to add on purple fabric pieces with a polka dot pattern.
The purple color represented Eloise's preferences, and the polka dots were similar to Van's bubble design!
More Partner Work:
Thomas and Noah
I like red. - Thomas
I like orange. - Noah
I want the froggies. - Thomas
That's the same as that one! - Noah
(matches orange dots on frog pattern material to the color of the orange felt he selected)
I like blue. Like my blue blankie at my home. - Noah
This is awesome! - Thomas
Benji and Elizabeth
Betsy and Lily
Betsy and Lily both agreed that their blanket should be pink.
We both like pink! - Betsy
Lily suggested adding a different fabric to the back of the blanket and selected a star patterned piece.
Stars are beautiful. We see them shining at night. For the baby to go to sleep at school in the night. - Lily
Nadia and William
Please take a moment to check out these beautiful creations the next time you're visiting the classroom!