As a kid, I remember some of my first sewing projects involving plastic canvas, large plastic needles, and yarn. Let's face it, embroidery floss, linen, a blunt tip needle, and a hoop make sewing that much more fun!
We used embroidery hoops which can be purchased at craft stores for around $1-$2, linen (about $3), and embroidery floss (around 25 cents each). Emily used a blunt tipped tapestry needle, which costs $1.59 for a pack of 15 of them. With the help of a needle guide, she could even thread the needle all by herself! A few times I had to remind her to poke through the top if the needle was on top, or the bottom if the needle was on the bottom.
This kept Emily busy and quiet for a loooooooong time while Clara took her nap this afternoon. She has set aside the hoop for now, but has plans to continue working on it. I love the abstract, freestyle design she came up with.