This section is from the book "Educational Needlecraft", by Margaret Swanson And Ann MacBeth. Also available from Amazon: Educational Needlecraft.
Age 6-7 Years
"Cutting out" follows naturally from the paper-folding and paper-cutting exercises of the kindergarten occupations.
A piece of ordinary newspaper may be cut out as a neckband to fit each child.
The length and breadth of the neck is appreciated, and the introduction of the human model at this stage is justified in two ways : 1. The child is continually delighted by stringing beads, pips - any scrap of coloured rag which its fancy glorifies, around Us neck.
2. By swinging the eye to the human form, bit by bit, year by year, a habit of observation is formed during the muscular development of the eye, which gives some idea of proportion and motion. This is invaluable at 11-12 years of age and later, when she deals with the simple types.