11 Art Activities for Kids to Try with Yarn

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11 Kids Art Activities to Try with Yarn -- Fun!

After our recent experiments with yarn on canvas, I started thinking about all the fun kids' art activities we've done with yarn and string over the years. Everything from printing and painting with yarn to making spider webs and installation art. 

Ready? Here's a list of 11 art activities to try with yarn…

Yarn Painting and Yarn Printing

1. Yarn painting on canvas

2. Printing with yarn and liquid watercolors

String Blots and Yarn Paintings

3. String blots with the toddler art group

4. Yarn paintings :: a fun and tactile art experience for kids

Action Painting and Cutting Practice with Yarn

5. Action painting with yarn

6. Cutting practice with string (great for toddlers and preschoolers!)

Yarn and String Suncatchers

7. String suncatchers

Crazy String Sculpture and Yarn Installation Art

8. Crazy string sculptures

9. Installation art

Yarn Spiderwebs and Yarn Printed Eggs

10. Yarn printed eggs (from The Artful Spring eBook)

11. Yarn spider webs (from The Artful Autumn eBook)

Extra Yarn Childrens BookPlus, of course, knitting and crocheting, which Maia wishes we would do a bit more of but which I have a bit of a hang-up about. There's a super cool children's book called Extra Yarn, though, about a little girl and what she knits with her magical yarn (thanks to Molly for telling me about it a year or so ago).

Any fun kids' yarn art ideas to add to the list? You know we'll try them!

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  1. Heidi says

    We recently discovered a treasure trove of yarn in our attic left by a previous owner. My girls have been make bazillions of yarn dolls! And I crocheted some flowers, butterflies and things and sewed them to hair clips for them. Thanks for the ideas-we have tons of yarn left to play with!

  2. jennifer says

    I was a knitter for years before I heard of finger knitting. My 4 yr old LOVES it. I bet a calm 3 yr old could do it. I even like doing it sometimes to join with her.

  3. michelle says

    We are currently living in the middle of (and walking over and under) a yarn art installation which begins somewhere in my daughter’s bedroom and moves down the hall and spreads into bathroom, living room and front door. :) She loves colorful yarn. A new skein as a surprise at the beginning of a long road trip kept her occupied from one state into the next and although it looked crazy messy, it was a pretty simple clean up when we reached our destination. Yea for yarn! Thank you for these neat activities.

  4. michelle says

    She likes to pretend she is fishing and she makes little nests for imaginary birds. She also just loves to unroll it and then wrap things up in it, so I gather smallish different shaped things to wrap. On this last trip I threw in a bunch of old empty thread spools (the ones made from wood) which she loved wrapping and then piling/stacking together, also threw in some small plastic animal figurines and empty plastic spice containers with lids — she loved filling those with thread pieces and then decorating the outside of the containers with markers. (She is 4 and although she uses scissors frequently at home I am uncomfortable with her using them on her own while traveling in the car, so if she wants a piece cut I do that for her.) A glue stick and a shoebox filled with pieces of yarn has proven to be a pretty good road trip activity as well — by the time we get to our destination she has an empty colorful yarn covered box to store her vacation treasures in. :)

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