You already know we’re working on a project to benefit Stray Rescue. I told you I’d update you as we got into it, but it took lots of time and we were so busy that I haven’t even had a second to tell you about it until now. And boy is there alot to tell….but like I said in an earlier post, I’ll not tell you the whole story at once.
We decided that the best way to help Stray Rescue do what they do best was to do what we do best, and that’s be creative! We had multiple conversations about how to do that, and we settled upon the fact that we should sew and bake. Ok, maybe I added a little to that conversation, too, since I enjoy both of those things, but everyone agreed that it would be a good idea.
We did a little bit of research, and decided that we wanted to make chew toys for doggies that were shaped like bones. We also thought that creating bandannas for our canine friends would be a good idea. So the fabric, templates, scissors and sewing machines came out for the next several days and we got busy! I taught everyone who didn’t already know about the basics of the sewing machine, and then each kiddo took a turn having-a-go.
I was SO excited when the first pupils in my sewing class were BOYS! I know, that’s a little bit sexist to say that only girls would want to sew, but for some reason I was surprised. Anyhow, they LOVED it, and I started hearing things like “I love this!” and “I have to get a sewing machine so I can do this at home” right after we started. Here’s a little peek into our first “class”:
Tracing a “bone” onto some fabric to make the outside shape. The bones were then stuffed with a plastic water bottle. Somebody had the great idea that it would be a good way to recycle our bottles left over from MAP testing, and would make a great “crinkling” sound that doggies would love! Double great. 🙂
Love how we got so many out of one shirt! All of our materials were donated by students in the class.
Archie and Harry sewing a straight line. That was the first lesson. 🙂
Zarion totally rocked his first try at sewing, too! He was adding a zig-zag stitch to the edge of our bandannas so they didn’t unravel. These turned out great!
Love that you have sewing machines in your 5th grade room. And that everyone is excited to sew, and help the puppies! Both guys I know that sew do it quite well!
Wow! This is service-learning at it’s finest! Way to go 5th grade!
Thanks, Christy! It was all so amazing to watch as they planned what we should do, then did it! They learned so much along the way and had a ton of fun doing it. I am so proud of them, too! 🙂