12 CHAPTER 1
Show children a few pieces of clothing, each of a very different style, and en-
courage them to talk about the similarities and differences. Ask children what
kinds of clothes they like and why. Explain that someone designed their clothes
and that some people do this as their job. Tell them that one way to design
clothes is to draw an idea first and then cut it out of cloth. Show them sewing
patterns. See if they want to design a piece of clothing for a doll or themselves.
Help children think about the steps in creating clothes, and provide them with
materials to produce their new designs.
a variety of clothing items, sewing patterns, measuring tape, pencils, tissue
paper, scissors, fabric, and accessories
Visit a sewing factory or a sewing
class to see the equipment and
samples of clothes made.
AMT Invite a tailor who makes clothes or
performs alterations to come speak to
the class about his job. Encourage the
visitor to show some of the tools he
uses to do his job, and see if he will
measure a few children to show them
what a fitting is. Alternatively, watch
a video clip of a tailor and discuss it.
Read and role-play Jesse Bear, What
Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carl-
strom, Pete the Cat: I Love My White
Shoes by Eric Litwin, or another book
about children’s clothes.
ALE Encourage children to create a group
collage using pictures of clothes from
catalogs and magazines. Initiate
discussions about the purpose, styles,
and sizes of clothing.