The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:
I love rainbow crafts, especially around St. Patrick’s Day. Last week we shared rainbow potato stamping with you, and this week I am excited to share some St. Patrick’s Day yarn art with you using a rainbow theme.
We spent last week doing a lot of St. Patrick’s Day activities and one of our favorite ideas involved creating a rainbow spy course with colorful yarn. Afterwards, we had loads of yarn remnants lying around, so we used them to create two yarn art St. Patrick’s Day projects.
1. Yarn Rainbow
- colorful yarn
- Elmers glue
Snip the yarn into little pieces.
Sort the yarn by color.
Glue the yarn onto the cardstock in a rainbow formation.
You’ll notice that the rainbow at the top of this post (my vision of the rainbow) and my son’s picture below look very different. At first I really wanted to give him more instruction and enforce how he created his rainbow so that the end product would actually look like my rainbow sample. Fortunately, I decided to let him explore the process of creating his own rainbow and the end result was not a “perfect” rainbow in my product-centered opinion, but the project ended with a happy kid who enjoyed his art experience.
2. Rainbow Shamrock
- Elmer’s glue
- shamrock template (we used this one)
Draw a shamrock or print one off onto cardstock.
Cut out the shamrock.
Snip colored yarn into a variety of sizes.
Glue the yarn onto your shamrock.
Three of our other favorite rainbow-themed crafts and activities from this week are listed below:
- A Rainbow Toy Hunt via Hands On:As We Grow
- Styrofoam Rainbow Prints via The Chocolate Muffin Tree
- Rainbow Sponge Painting via Teach Preschool
What did we learn? We try to embed a variety of educational concepts into each of our projects. These two projects helped us work on scissors skills, sorting, identifying and labeling the colors of the rainbow, and exploring the process of creating with yarn.
Do you have any favorite crafts that your child has created using yarn? Do you believe that creating art with children is about the process or the product?
|Kristina is a mom of 2 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.|