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Introducing Kids to Yarn Early

Over at the YarnCraft podcast, we had an episode all about teaching kids to knit and crochet that got great response from our listeners. Sharyn, a 2nd grade teachers, shared with us these pictures of her students' weavings.

I listened with interest to your recent podcast regarding kids and yarn. I'm a second grade teacher. Everyday after lunch, while I'm reading to them, my students finger crochet chains and then weave the chains on simple cardboard looms to create wall hangings, doll blankets, etc. Some even sew the weavings together to create small blankets or purses.

Attached are some photos of their current works. We can't seem to keep yarn in the classroom, so we weave with whatever is available, even plastic shopping bags. As you can tell by the "color scheme," the students will use whatever yarn is available.

All my students weave, both boys and girls. This is a practical skill, where they make something "real." They also develop the fine motor skills that they need for writing and keyboarding. Keeping their hands busy means that their hands are not being used for teasing other students!

I remember doing this activity back in elementary school too, and it's why I still have a soft-spot for weaving and why I'm so happy to share Sharyn's pictures with you!

Want to weave with your kids too? Grab a piece of cardboard (the piece leftover when you finish a notepad is a good thickness) and cut notches into it at even intervals, both at the top and bottom. Wrap yarn around the board, putting the strand into each notch, and secure the ends with a piece of tape on the back of the board. The kids can weave the yarn back and forth on a bobbin, or you can also just cut pieces of yarn that are the width of the board and let them weave each strand individually (this method leaves a fun fringe around the edges). When they're done, you cut the strands across the back, and tie every two or three strands together, forming a fringe at the top and bottom.

For more ideas for using yarn with your kids, check out YarnCraft - we'll be having another episode on the subject in a few weeks. The YarnCraft podcast is a 30 minute bi-weekly audio program that you can listen to online or download - learn how to subscribe here.

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