Yarn Art For Kids – Our 11 Best Activities To Try With Yarn


Yarn Art For Kids – Our 11 Best Activities To Try With Yarn - yarn painting

After our recent experiments with yarn on canvas, I started thinking about all the fun activities we’ve made with yarn and string over the years.

We’ve tried yarn art for kids activities with everything from printing and painting to making spider webs and installation art.

Ready? Here goes…

11 Yarn Art for Kids Activities to Try

Yarn Art For Kids – Our 11 Best Activities To Try With Yarn - yarn printing and painting

1. Yarn painting on canvas

2. Printing with yarn & liquid watercolors

Yarn Art For Kids – String Blots and Yarn Paintings

3. Mirror Image String Prints

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

Yarn Art For Kids – Action Painting with Yarn and String Cutting

5. Action painting with yarn

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

Yarn Art For Kids – Yarn and String Suncatchers

7. String suncatchers

Yarn Art For Kids – Pulled String Art & Installation Art

8. Pulled String Art

9. Installation art

Yarn Art For Kids – Yarn Spiderwebs and Yarn Printed Eggs

10. Yarn printed eggs (from The Artful Year)

11. Yarn spider webs

Yarn Art For Kids – Extra Yarn Childrens Book

Plus, of course, knitting and crocheting, which Maia wishes we would do more of but I have a bit of a hang-up about.

Also, there’s a super cool children’s book called Extra Yarn, 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).

Do you have any fun yarn art for kids activities to add to the list? You know we’ll try them!

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Yarn Art For Kids – Our 11 Best Activities To Try With Yarn

  • Heidi
    August 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    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!

  • jennifer
    August 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

    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.

  • michelle
    August 9, 2013 at 7:44 am

    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.

  • Fernanda
    August 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

    So beautiful! Here is our last playgroup crazy string sculpture!
    Hope you like it too! Love, Fernanda

  • Andrea
    August 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Yarn! We loved the yarn eggs from the artful spring. The spider web looks awesome!

  • Josephine
    August 10, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Now I know what to do with our yarns left from stitching notebooks.. My little sister would definitely enjoy this activity.. :)

  • Jean Van't Hul
    August 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Yarn dolls!! What a great idea!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    August 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Yes! A friend showed Maia how to finger knit this past winter and she LOVES it.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    August 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I never thought of yarn as a road trip activity! What exactly does your daughter do with it in the car?

  • Jean Van't Hul
    August 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm


  • Jean Van't Hul
    August 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks, Andrea!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    August 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm


  • michelle
    August 13, 2013 at 7:40 am

    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. :)

  • Mari
    February 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Out of interest what is your hang up about crochet and knitting?