How to Make Pom Pom Balls

A simple search will show you many tutorials on how to make pom pom balls. Some take tools and adult-size patience, but these require neither. Every time I bring out this project, kids as young as kinder have a ball making something that is more like a toy than a decoration to them. I’ve just learned that you need an adult to tie the center knot really well, several times, to make sure the … Read More

Cardinal Cardboard Craft

My love of cardboard crafts with yarn keeps growing. This brilliant idea comes from I Heart Crafty Things, I just added the pipecleaner legs. MATERIALS Old, clean corrugated cardboard, about 10″ x 5″ rectangles Bird template (PDF shared here) Yarn Utility scissors Felt, black and yellow Googly eye Feathers Craft glue Pipe cleaners Decorative string Embroidery needle DIRECTIONS PREP: I cut a bird shape for each student as it takes a sharper scissors than … Read More

Cardboard Kittens

I keep finding the most original new ideas at this site called They seem to have a knack for collecting really original ideas, which is not easy these days. I love how this project lets artists of all ages use yarn in a creative way. I tried this in my art camp which has kinder through 4th graders, and they all loved customizing their little cardboard kitties. MATERIALS Corrugated cardboard, 3.5″ x 7″ … Read More

Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Did you know that friendship bracelets are made with six colors because that’s how many letters are in the word F-R-I-E-N-D? My school’s 4th graders once started the year off with a friendship theme, so I used the topic to teach students how to make make these, hence this tutorial to help me instruct 35+ students at once. MATERIALS • 6″ x 12″ chipboard or cardboard • Yarn, six different colors • Scissors • … Read More

Bubblewrap + Yarn

This brilliant idea comes from Reggio Children Inspired, and I had fun experimenting with it a bit. I used an xacto knife to cut slits on the flat side of large bubble wrap, and stuffed the inside with yarn. I love how it makes a messy bunch of scraps look like nice neat little balls – too cool! This could make some great outdoor, as well as indoor art. What if students practiced making patterns … Read More

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