This was great fun! Well...it was a bit challenging with the needle threading and knot tying...but they did do it all on their own!! They are so very proud of them!
We looked at Japanese and Chinese softies and where they came from. I adapted a power point and here: http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/huskeyj72501-1395712-softies/
and the students followed the steps. Did many sketches until they came up with their final creation, traced their designs on felt pieces and the sewing began!