Handmade Kindergarten Birthday Present

child-sewn stuffed dog with shoebox house

Six-year-old Emma deemed this gift her “best present ever”, and I think deservedly so! She spent several hours making it for her friend A’s sixth birthday, and I think it turned out beautifully! It all comes in its own little shoebox house, complete with pillow, blanket (adorned with a star), dog leash, dog clothes, and leash.

child-sewn stuffed dog

Emma planned everything out and stitched it up all on her own. I cut out the pieces for the dog and the star for the blanket; she cut out everything else.

child-sewn stuffed dog with clothes

The little dog got two outfits, in green and blue. Because A is a boy, and – according to Emma – those are colors boys like (also known as colors Johnny likes).

child-sewn stuffed dog with clothes

She decorated the box and wrote A’s name on the front (edited out).

shoebox stuffed dog house

A really liked the gift, and Emma was thrilled with his reaction. She also had a BLAST at his party! She came home and said, “I played with BOYS! I played with the boys in my class for the first time EVER!”

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

33 thoughts on “Handmade Kindergarten Birthday Present”

  1. This is absolutely adorable! I am glad that A liked the gift. Anna is going to a birthday party of her best friend who is also A tomorrow – she is making him a book :)

  2. A absolutely LOVED the gift and even brought it to bed with him last night. =) He affectionately calls him “Pup”. Emma, thank you again for your beautiful gift… you are such a sweet and talented 6 year old!

  3. Didi {Duck Duck Octopus}

    Your daughter is very clever. I love the thought and care she put into the gift, and the outfits are too cute. Well done Emma!

    1. The funniest thing about that comment was that she plays with A all the time – just not at school, maybe?

  4. Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog

    What an absolutely fabulous homemade gift! Your daughter is a sweetheart! I bet she was so proud of what she made. Just darling!

  5. Didi {Duck Duck Octopus}

    I just wanted you to know I’ve featured Emma’s adorable puppy at the Kid’s Co-op this week. :)

  6. I absolutely love this! What a special gift – to be treasured forever :) I want to try some easy sewing with my older son – I think this would be really great inspiration. Please tell Emma – THANKS!

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