While I was working on some dolls I asked Leila what she would like to do while I sewed. Would you like to draw, or paste, make something with play doh? I want to sew mummy, was her reply. She's only 3, so my first thoughts were that she was too young, but I resisted and went to get some hessian. That didn't cut it. I want proper sewing material mum. We compromised with felt.
I kid you not, although she's clearly seen me sewing often, this is the first time she's ever sewn, ever! The needle was not a blunt one, but she didn't prick herself once. She didn't get the thread tangled over the side once. She went front to back in a very relaxed manner.
She helped herself to the beads and sewed them on, alone. She picked out the buttons and sewed them on without instruction. This is all her. Can you tell that I'm gushing?
So, children can surprise you. I, or perhaps more collectively we, tend to make assumptions about what a child can do, but if you don't give them the chance to try, you won't know what they're truly capable of.
And did I mention that she's only 3 1/2!