Pushing pins into a pin cushion takes coordination and careful handling for ages 2, and sometimes up to age 6 or older. This is a preliminary sewing activity that the students in our Montessori studio absolutely love. It's an activity that is seen in many Montessori environments. A very thorough lesson is given to children first before handling sharp objects such as pins. We explain that if we are not careful, these items could be dangerous. Many children also realize that in most cases, it is a privilege to use such objects at this age. They recognize that we are trusting them to handle this material properly and they take pride in that. Of course, we are always observing them, but we find that they are most respectful to material that typically wouldn't be offered to them elsewhere. This lesson teaches children safety and a respect for materials in the classroom. In addition, it is great for the fine motor skills!
Extension for Pushing Pins into a Pin Cushion