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A Needle Pulling Thread


I recently discovered the best toddler toy ever. Other than attempting to use my cell phone, of course. With the holidays appraching, I wanted to share it in case someone else has a little person to buy for.

At our house, we’ve developed an aversion to any toy with a battery or 62 pieces. I’ve decided that wooden toys are where it’s at.

I was in the market for something to give Eleanor for Christmas that:

a) was small enough to travel back to California after we celebrate Christmas here in Kansas City.

b) is all one piece. Keeping track of toys with tons of pieces is not my favorite way to pass the time.

c) would make her think.

d) could keep her occupied on the monthly airplane rides we’ll have over the next few months


After some searching around, I found the Sew N Sew toy. At $8, the price was right, too. It’s a wooden block with lots of holes drilled into it. Connected to it is a loooooong piece of thick blue ‘thread’ and a wooden red ‘needle.’

It arrived last week and I *thought* I’d hidden it. Guess not. While I was putting Graham down for a nap, Eleanor hopped (literally) into the room and proudly held out the small box. “Look what I found!” I asked her what it was and her reply was a very sweet and awe struck, “I don’t know!”


I’ve never been the most patient person when it comes to gifts and I couldn’t turn down her beaming smile. With Graham fast asleep, we opened the box and set to sewing. Needless to say, she loves her “sewing thing.”

My husband taught her to sing “Do, Re, Mi” a while back. During her first attempt at ‘sewing’, she looked up at me and asked, “Is this a needle pulling thread?” and promptly burst into song.

This little block of wood has captured the attention of a two and a half year old….. and a host of adults. Buy one. You won’t be sorry!

So…. one less gift under the tree. One very happy little girl.

8 Responses to A Needle Pulling Thread

  1. Loraine Jezak October 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Oh, what a cool little toy! I may have to buy one for my niece for Christmas. Thanks for the tip!
    I can’t believe you are moving! It will be nice to be in San Diego for the winter. We go there quite often, so we should catch up and go to some quilt stores. There is one in Vista It’s called Fat Quarter Quilt Shop and it’s a really fun store to visit.
    I guess that means you aren’t going to Quilt market this week. Well, I’m passing on this one too. I’m bummed about it, but I’ve been playing around wayyy too much, and my kids need to learn something.
    So fun to see all you ‘ve been up to. Good luck with your move. TTYS

  2. DianeY October 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Such a cute story! Love that she knew it was ” a needle pulling thread!”

  3. Monica October 30, 2010 at 1:51 am #


  4. Mary October 30, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    Thanks for the suggestion! My daughter is the exact same age and I think she might love this. She also really wants her own sewing machine, but she’ll have to wait a bit longer for that :-)

  5. Holly October 30, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    This is so adorable! That’s so sweet how your daughter burst into “Do Re Mi”!

    What a great toy. I’m sure my daughter would love it, too!

  6. Melissa October 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Don’t you just love when they start making those connection and can verbalize them?! So exciting!

  7. Summer November 2, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Really good idea! :)

  8. Laurie November 8, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

    Love this story. I have a son who just turned three, and I can totally see him with the same reaction if he found it. So cute.

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