My brother recently had a medical emergency which saw me zooming down the highway to collect my 11 year old nephew…completely unprepared. I had him with me for about two days. He’s a very easy kid to care for….if you are willing to let him watch Minecraft videos on YouTube all day long. I wasn’t willing to be quite that laid back about screen time, but still wanted to be the cool Aunt, so we went on a Spotlight shopping adventure. There was quite a massive eye roll when I told him where we were going, but the mood significantly lifted when I let him know that he could pick out fabric to make his very own Minecraft Slime. From there on he got very excited.
For those who aren’t down with the kids these days (I’m not…How on earth is it fun to watch others play a video game for hours? Wouldn’t it be more fun to play yourself?), Minecraft is a game where you dig (mine) and build (craft) different kinds of 3D blocks within a large world of varying terrains and habitats to explore. I lifted that definition directly from the linked site which is designed to help parents understand what the heck their kid is talking about. You’re welcome.
Anyway, this is a Slime, which is apparently a hostile mob that spawns underground and in swamp biomes:
In case it isn’t obvious, I picked it for its simple shape.
So anyway, back to Spotlight and Sean was utterly determined that unlike a store bought Slime, which would have a black mouth and eyes, his would have a dark green mouth and eyes which is how it’s supposed to be. I love this kid so much!
We got all our bits and pieces back to the house and I quickly realised that considering I was still totally unprepared and Sean seemed quite concerned that the sewing machine will eat him, this project would mostly be done by me, with Sean “helping”. And you know what? That turned out just fine. I created a template for our cube sides, Sean designed the face features according to his expert specifications, I cut the main pieces, he cut the face ones and helped place them, I sewed the face on and then the cube together explaining structure, pinning and seam allowance as I went, he stuffed it to his desire (“I want less stuffing so it’s all squishy because it’s a slime.” Fair point.), and then I hand sewed it shut whilst we watched TV.
Oh and the corners, according to Sean, HAD to be curved/soft. I was happy to oblige since it was quicker.
This is the end product:
This is the expert stuffer, doing his thing:
And this is the slime watching itself on YouTube:
And the best part of all? Sean and I now have a plan to make ALL the Minecraft characters, increasing the level of Sean’s participation and the level of difficulty each time. We’ll level up!
He really go into it! Watching his excitement, and watching the learning curve as I explained how we would turn 6 square pieces into a cube, was just awesome. It was so awesome in fact, that I am considering having a go at teaching other kids to sew as well….hopefully with more structure and preparation.
Does anyone else want to share their experience with teaching sewing? As I still consider myself a beginner I never ever thought that I could teach…other grown ups. But children? Now that I’ve considered it, I can’t stop thinking about it!