Today, one of my Kinders came out of the bathroom carrying a sponge we keep in there wanting to know if he could make SpongeBob out of it.

I asked him if he would rather have a clean sponge, instead and he happily agreed. I got him one, and a few other kids came along and wanted one, too. So we started talking about how we could decorate the sponges. They tried markers, but they didn’t work very well. I suggested that maybe they might want to try using buttons for the eyes. They loved the idea, but quickly discovered that white glue wouldn’t work.

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I happened to have some needles and thread, so I asked them if they wanted to try sewing the buttons on? Again, they were very enthusiastic, so I spent a part of morning centre time teaching interested kids how to sew buttons onto sponges.

The original kid, as you can see, was content to sew on the eyes, and then draw the rest on paper and tape it on.

One kid liked sewing buttons much, that he sewed on button eyes, and then whole row of buttons on for a smile. And he’s a kid who usually gets bored quickly and moves from Centre to Centre.

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Now, if only they could thread needles and knot thread. They kept me hopping on those fronts. I’d get needle threaders, but I generally find those things more trouble than they are worth.