Arts and crafts are enjoyed by kids as well as adults. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your little ones and help them explore their creative side. And, the possibilities of what you can do in each art and crafts session in endless. From using paints, glue, and paper, to even recycled cardboard, plastic spoons, and pasta.
One such addition that can be made to your craft kit is yarn. There are several ideas and crafts for kids to do with yarn. If you wish to learn what these are, then read ahead. These crafts are easy, require simple tools, and are a whole lot of fun!
Good Crafts For Kids To Do With Yarn
Here are some good crafts for kids to do with yarn. These crafts are creative, innovative, fun, and sure to keep your little ones busy while you get your chores done and out of the way.
1. Yarn Pom-Poms
Yarn pom poms are something you cannot forgo making. The entire process of making them is quite fun and fascinating. Here’s how to do it.
- Cut two circular discs onto cardboard. Make a hole that is 1/3rd of the radius of the circle at the center. This should resemble two cardboard doughnuts in the end.
- Cut a small slit in the disc to make it easier to wrap the yarn. This slit can be an inch wide
- Start wrapping your yarn around the disc. Place one end of the yarn onto the inner part of the disc and wrap around the card till it is completely covered
- Once done, take your scissors and cut from the slit that was left open. Cut along the outer edge and between the two discs.
- Wrap a piece of yarn around the pom-pom and between the disc
- Tie the pom-pom strands together in a knot
- Pull out the cardboard discs
- You should be left with a perfectly round pom-pom. If not, you can trim the edges and shape the pom-pom as desired.
You can even make Yarn flowers by attaching the pompoms to green pipe cleaners. Add them to a vase and place them in your arts and crafts room for a pop of color.
2. Painting with Yarn
Skip the paintbrush and try painting with yarn instead. For this all you need are the following tools:
- Yarn of different textures
- Eco friendly or nontoxic paints
- Water bowls
- Make your kids wear an apron and place all the painting equipment on the table
- Mix paint with water in a bowl – this is to dilute it and thin it out. You can have several bowls of different colors.
- Dip a piece of yarn into the bowl and let it soak up the paint.
- Place the yarn in various patterns on the paper and lift once the paint has been transferred
- You can even drag the yarn across the paper
- Let your kids’ masterpiece dry for an hour
- Have the painting framed or place it on your refrigerator with a magnet
3. Yarn Pumpkins
If you have a Halloween-themed birthday party or have Halloween approaching, then these yarn pumpkins are what you should definitely have on the list of activities. They’re fun to make, can be used for Halloween decor, and can be recycled.
- Yarn – use colors of the pumpkin (red, orange, yellow)
- Mod podge or glue
- Water and bowl
- Green pipe cleaner
- Blow up a balloon to the size of your desired pumpkin
- Dilute some clear-drying or silicone-based glue in water
- Cut your yarn into easy to handle lengths
- Dip your yarn in the glue mixture and place it on the balloon. Be sure to leave a small opening on the bottom or top
- Repeat the process till the balloon has been covered
- Let the yarn dry for 12 hours
- Pop the balloon and gently removed it from the opening made earlier
- Attach an artificial leaf on green pipe cleaner on top to complete the look
- You can even place a battery operated tea light inside the pumpkin to make for a cute décor item or present
4. Yarn Dolls
Yarn dolls are a popular craft activity that you can engage in with kids.
- Thick cardboard
- To make yarn dolls, take a rectangular piece of cardboard
- Wrap yarn around it several times
- Slide the cardboard out-you should be left with a loop of yarn
- Cut one end of the loop so that you have a bunch of yarn of the same length
- Fold the yarn and create the head by tying a knot a few inches below the fold. Do this using another piece of yarn of the same color
- Divide the remaining yarn below the head into three sections
- Braid the two outer ends to make arms
- Leave the middle section as is to resemble a skirt or make legs by braiding two legs
When having an arts and crafts session with kids, it is important to consider a few key aspects. This is to ensure their safety and protection and give them a fun and exciting crafts session that they are sure to look forward to the next time.
- Opt for non-toxic materials for your arts and crafts sessions. Certain paints and glues come laced with chemical substances that can be harmful to kids. They can lead to allergy flareups and cause skin irritations
- Keep young kids, especially toddlers supervised at all times
- To protect clothing along with your furniture, resort to a designated space in your home for craft activities. If you wish to have a crafts session outdoors, cover the area with plastic or cloth. Reuses this the next arts and crafts session
- Let kids explore their creative side while making crafts. This is great for their cognitive development
- Encourage kids and praise them for their efforts. This helps build confidence going forward
Wrapping It Up!
With creative activities and crafts with yarn at your disposal, you can get started on an hour of fun right away! These craft activities can be done from your home, on your front porch, or even be used by pre-school teachers in schools.
So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to your nearest arts and crafts store and load up on lots of different colored yarn. There is a whole list of things to try out. Your kids are going to love getting their hands messy with paints, glue, and yarn, that’s for sure!