I found children's needles at the craft store, and couldn't resist the opportunity to introduce Ava to sewing/needle work. These needles are large, plastic, and dull-pointed. I purchased the pack of two needles, one sheet (appx. 12"x18") of plastic stuff (I have no idea what the name of it is) with holes that are larger than the standard size, and some colorful yarn.
At home, I cut out manageable-sized shapes (house, heart, and cross) out of the sheet I purchased and threaded the yarn through the needle for her. Then I showed her how to go up and down through the holes and supervised her while she played with it. In the end, she wanted to wear her house with leftover yarn like a necklace... not a bad idea. The next day she played with the heart and ended up teaching her squirrel all the tricks of the trade.
Our children's needles also came in handy for stringing beads.
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