Plastic sewing needles are the answer when your child is expressing a desire to start developing her sewing and crafting skills. This is a nice starting point to get her used to threading and using the needle properly. Once she’s older, she’ll be able to transition to real needles smoothly and effortlessly.
Before letting a child use a sewing needle, go over the ground rules. First of all, the needle should never be put in her mouth -- you don’t want her to swallow the needle. It also needs to stay away from her eyes, ears and nose. No matter how funny it might appear to her or her brother, it should never be used that way. Even if the plastic needle is flexible and has a dull point, it can still do damage. If she decides to misuse it, take them away -- safety first.
Plastic sewing needles work well for children who are doing sewing cards, lacing projects or beading. Keep an eye on your child when she’s using the needle, just to ensure she’s using it for what it’s intended for. Poking holes in a sibling’s homework or in the electrical outlet are not appropriate uses for these needles. And neither is flinging them across the room.
Once your child is done using the plastic sewing needle, it should be put away. Have her put it in a small plastic container with a lid and put the container out of reach. Not only will this prevent her from playing with it unsupervised or losing them, it will also keep it out of reach from smaller children and pets.
These needles are not intended for small children and toddlers. Once a child is preschool age or older, she can start to experiment with plastic sewing needles. Just like any other small object, they pose a choking hazard for little ones. Even if your child is a bit older, you’ll still want to stay close while she’s using them.