Using a Safety Pin

Material Description: A pin cushion, kept near the needlework activities on a separate tray with a selection of safely pins of different sizes and shape and a nappy pin (a safety pin with an additional guard. Presentation: To close Hold the bottom of the safely pin with the left hand as before Place the thumb’s

Cleaning Shoes

Material Description: A pair of child’s shoes.  In a basket or tray have a brush to remove dirt, a flannel 20cm2, marked with a shoe motif on one corner.  Have a piece of paper to cover the floor and an oil cloth.  Have multiple sets for groups of children who arrive together, each set should

Unfastening and Fastening large buttons

Material Description: The left flap overlaps the right one, the buttons are stitched on the right side, with long stems which will allow he button to be turned to a vertical position without pulling n the thread.  On the left hand flap button holes, horizontal slits, are slightly wider than the diameter of the button. 

Unfastening and Fastening of hooks and eyes

Material Description: The right flap overlaps the left one.  On the upper surface of the left flap metal eyes have been attached, stitched through their eyelets.  The hooks are fixed so that when the they are in the eyes there is a slight pull.  Have five to six sets of hooks and eye per frame.

Unfastening and fastening of laces

Material Description: The frame has two flaps nearly meeting and facing each other.  They should be made of leather or cloth with leather facing.  Both flaps have a series of holes with metal eyes.  The laces should be cylindrical, not flat, half the laces should be of a different colour, with the other and have

Washing Hands

Material Description: A small, light-weight china, ceramic or steel basin and corresponding jug and bucket, a soap and soap dish and another soap-dish with nail brush, hand lotion, fresh hand towel, drying cloth and apron Presentation: This presentation is given standing at a table Invite the child to the table Put on the aprons, roll

Unfastening and fastening of Ribbons

Material Description: There are two flaps facing each other, but slightly apart.  On each of the flaps are five to six ribbons, the ribbons on one of the flaps are a different colour than the ribbons on the other flap.  The ribbons should have a ‘right’ shiny side and a ‘wrong’, dull side, they are

Unfastening and fastening of Buckles

Material Description: The right flap overlaps the left.  It is better if the flaps are made of leather and the part near to the opening must be.  The buckles with pins are fixed to a strap which is attached at the middle left flap’s rod.  Over the right flap the straps are attached, each with

Threading a Needle and making a Knot

Material Description: A sewing box with darning needles kept in a box, and a plait of thick thread or wool, (ideally rolled into a ball which is teased out from the centre), small reels of thread in different colours, a small pair of scissors, a pin cushion to hold the needle you choose from the

Sewing on a Button

Material Description: A sewing box with darning needles kept in a box, and a plait of thick thread or wool, (ideally rolled into a ball which is teased out from the centre), small reels of thread, buttons and felt all in different colours, a small pair of scissors, an orange stick and a mat. Presentation:

Polishing Shoes

Material Description: A pair of child’s shoes.  In a basket or tray, covered in an oil cloth have a soft applicator brush to apply the polish – it should either have only a few bristles or remove some of the bristles so that only a small amount of polish is used, a medium brush to


Material Description: There are three cords of different colours about one and a half feet long, weighed down and joined at one end and attached to a box. The plat should be wrapped around the weight and carried to the working mat for stages 1 and 2, where it is unrolled, for stages 3 and

Use of Needlework Cards

Material Description: Stage 1 Square cards made of thick cardboard with a variety of lines indicated (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) with holes drilled along the lines at approximately 1/2 inch apart and a blunt needle with doubled thick thread or wool is permanently fastened to one end of the line, when stored the needle is wrapped

Introduction to Care of Person

We clean ourselves and bathe daily, brush our hair and teeth and take care of our nails.  Children often eat lunch and light snacks in the Children’s House, they need to be able to take care of themselves for their own comfort and to be presentable to others.  Personal hygiene is an important part of

Unfastening and Fastening Press Studs

Material Description: The flaps of the press button frame are made of cloth, the edges of the right flap overlap the left flap.  Along the left flap is a series of cavity holes, (the thread of which cannot be seen on the ‘good’ side).  Along the open edge of the right flap are a corresponding

Washing Hands at the Sink

Material Description: Sink at child’s height, soap in a dish and a flannel or small hand towel Presentation: Open the tap a little, wet hands Close the tap Take soap and rub it onto hands Open the tap, move hands through water to wash and rinse Close the tap Dry hands Points of Interest: Suds


Needlework is a global tradition with regional differences used for many practical and aesthetic persons since early man, to express cultural beliefs and individual preferences it reflects the history and philosophy of an area.  Local materials, colours, techniques and symbols are often used, the colour red representing weddings in India and Good Luck in China,

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