DIY Heart Felt Pillows Sewing Activity for Kids

Observing kids sewing has to be one of the coolest experiences as a teacher or a parent. Watching their fingers work those fine motor skills while they actually create something right before their eyes. Sewing is a favorite work of mine in the Montessori classroom. This Valentine Practical Life activity is perfect for February shelves. I hope you enjoy it.

This is just one of many DIY friendly Montessori Activities!  Montessori is very DIY friendly due to the nature of being so simple and making something amazing out of the basics.

So simple! This Montessori activity is perfect for the month of February Practical Life shelves.

Montessori Valentine Practical Life Activity

Here is how I made my heart felt freshen up pillows!Sewing Materials

  • half a piece red felt
  • sewing needle (TIP: I used a fairly blunt needle and had to really push it through the felt. So, I recommend using a sharper needle or punching holes prior to the child doing the work to assist in the sewing activity.)
  • cotton balls
  • essential oil
  • yarn (of course you can use string, too)

Sewing Approach

  • Fold the piece of felt in half
  • Cut out a heart shape
  • Thread the needle
  • Tie and anchor knot
  • Sew 3/4 way around the heart
  • Place five to ten drops of essential oil onto the cotton balls
  • Stuff the cotton balls into the heart
  • Continue sewing up the heart

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. ~ Lao Tzu

This valentine practical life activity is perfect for a parent gift. Place these lovely smelling mini heart pillows in a drawer, hanging in your car, in your car vent, or in your glove compartment.

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Marnie Craycroft

Marnie hails from Maine where she spent summers buried in sand and winters buried in snow. She is the daughter of a nearly four decade veteran of the public school systems. Teaching has always been a part of her life. She founded Carrots Are Orange in 2010.

Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori learning and living website for parents and teachers.

Marnie graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a BA in Economics. She spent nearly a decade working in investment management. In 2006, she earned her MA in business from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999 and currently lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons. She is Montessori trained. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, Huffington Post, and Besides writing, passions include running (usually after her three sons), photography, and outdoor adventures.

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