To a Haggis……..

Monday 25th January was Robert Burn’s birthday and we have been celebrating all things Burns and Scottish in my childminding service this week. We have read Scottish rhymes, made paper kilts, printed with neeps and tatties, danced to ceilidh music, baked shortbread and made our own wee pet haggis to name but a few activities…….we’ve had lots of fun :0)

The children loved everything they got to do this week but I have a sneaky suspicion that making the pet haggis was a favourite….. check out these happy boys with their new pets:

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If you want to make your own pet haggis you will need the following:

  • Card
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Brown felt
  • Brown thread
  • Needle (please supervise all children when using a needle)
  • Pins
  • Toy stuffing
  • 2 x googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Tartan ribbon bow

and you need to do the following:

  • Firstly draw a haggis shape onto a piece of card and cut it out using the scissors to make your template
  • Draw around your haggis template twice on the brown felt
  • Pin the two pieces of haggis together (I only used one pin to do this just to prevent the pieces from moving)
  • Thread the needle and show the children how to sew around the edges helping where necessary (I found that the children needed help around the spiky bits)
  • As you get close to finishing, stuff the haggis with the toy stuffing and then continue to sew to close the edge and make a knot to finish off
  • Using the glue, stick on the googly eyes and the tartan ribbon bow
  • If you are a little nervous about using needles and pins with little ones then you could always use glue to stick the two pieces of felt together. The children who completed this project with me were aged 4 and 5 and had my assistance the whole time but both managed the sewing really well and used the needle safely and we had no finger pricks (much to my relief!)