Froebel Sewing Card Remix

Products Used

Foam Board, Black-on-Black

Additional Products

  • Sewing Awl or Knitting Needle (for teacher to pre-punch holes)
  • Blade & Straight Edge (to cut board into 10" x 10" squares)
  • 1/4" Round Neon Label Sticker

Project Details

Developed by: Sue Liedke, early childhood Visual Arts teacher
Philadelphia, PA

A Note From Sue Liedke:
This year I introduced my pre-Kindergarten students to hand sewing through an centuries old tradition inspired by the work of educator Friedrich Froebel.

Froebel is best known for inventing Kindergarten in the early 1800’s. His work as a researcher and teacher had far reaching influence in modern art, architecture, and of course, education. He believed that children are creative beings and that the best learning happens through play.

Froebel created a number of still relevant “gifts” and “occupations” – small toys from natural materials that encouraged creativity and fine motor skills. One of the many sets he developed was a sewing card, and in this project I sought to give my students a contemporary take on the Froebel classic.

Learning Objectives for Grade: Pre-K

Lesson Plan Ideas

Students will:

Pre-Kindergarten students will create original artwork using yarn and foam core board.

  • they will exercise choice in choosing materials and colors
  • concepts of line, pattern, and shapes will be reinforced
  • sewers will practice control, fine motor, patience and problem solving skills
  • students are introduced to the lifelong skill of sewing

Common Core Standards:

  • Cr1.2.PKa – engage in self directed, creative making
  • Cr2.1.PKa – use a variety of art making tools
  • Cr3.1.PKa – share and talk about personal artwork


  1. Prep: Pacon® Foam Core boards were cut into 10”x10” squares, and perforated with 13 evenly spaced holes in a “biscuit” pattern.

  2. Students will choose colors to work with, and will cut lengths of yarn to be threaded on plastic needles.

  3. Geometric designs (determined by students) will be sewn onto Foam Board squares.

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  4. Final embellishments will be made with dot stickers, jewels, or other décor.


  5. Students will name their final piece and introduce and explain their work to their peers.

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