Kindergarteners at Bridgeway Elementary School saw their drawings come to life when they received stuffed animal likenesses of their imaginary monsters.
Pattonville Heights Middle School family and consumer sciences teacher Elizabeth Stockmann collaborated with Nisa Peters’s class for the project.
“The kindergarteners all drew a monster using color and patterns and my FACS 3 students had to interpret an imaginative idea and create a real-life version of it,” Stockmann said.
The groups met today and presented the stuffed animals to the original artists.
After receiving her unicorn cat named Luna, kindergartener Andrea Martinez Albarenga hugged eighth grader Madeline Draper.
“It was really nice because I put a lot of effort into it,” Draper said. “She said she loved it because I made it just for her.”
The middle school students learned hand sewing techniques in previous courses and combined those skills to turn the monster drawings into small stuffed animals.
After presenting Annabelle Avett her monster named Corazone, eighth grader Tim Nelson’s nerves were able to settle.
“I was nervous because I don’t really trust my sewing skills that much and I thought she wouldn’t really like it, but she told me it looked just like the picture and that she loved it.”
It was the first time Stockmann did this project and didn’t know what to expect when her students took a field trip to drop off their creations.
“I didn't know how well it would go over but it makes me so happy to see their reactions,” Stockmann said. “All of the hard work they did really paid off.”