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Things to do with Yarn and String

May 30, 2011 23:16 by Barbara Shelby

This category consists mainly of Arts and Crafts but also has a game and science using string or yarn...They are towards page bottom.

ART & CRAFT IDEAS...

 

 

 

YARN DOLLS AND OCTOPUS...Check out the Yarn Doll Making Page

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STRING PAINTING

1.  Dip various types and lengths of string and yarn into paint and then drag them across a piece of paper.
2.  Compare the effect created when you drag the string across wet paper.
3.  Dab paint on another piece of paper, fold and pull a piece of string through the paint.

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WORM ART 
Dip pieces of yarn into paint and drag it across paper to make squiggles, lines, etc.

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BERRY BASKET WEAVING

For each child, tie a long piece of yarn to a plastic berry basket. Have children weave the yarn in and out of the basket holes. If desired, they can also weave in item such as ribbon pieces, pipe cleaners or twine.

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YARN VASE

Materials:
A glass bottle
Yarn
Craft glue
A toothpick

 

1. Cover about 1" of the bottom of the bottle with glue.

2. Wind the yarn around the bottle, tight but not too tight. You can use different colors of yarn to make stripes on your vase.

3. When the glued area is completely covered, push the rows of yarn closer together. Tuck in the beginning of the yarn with a toothpick, add a little more glue there and press down for a minute.

4. Keep repeating steps 1, 2, and 3 until the whole bottle is covered with yarn. Glue will dry clear.

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MAKE NAPKIN RINGS USING TP CARDBOARD AND YARN

These are not just for Holidays~but nice any time of the year in any color!

 All that is needed is yarn, Cardboard toilet paper tubes, and a bit of strong glue.
1. Cut about 1 1/2 inches of cardboard circles off of the TP tubes. (Or to the width you would like your finsished rings to be.
2. Tie a knot before beginning to wrap and glue this to the inside of the tube.
3. Wrap the tube -through the hole-around and around until it is completely covered with the yarn.
4. Make another knot and glue it in the tube to ensure that the yarn does not unravel.
Optional: Tie a piece of thin ribbon around the tube to complete the look. (Image by KidActivities.net)

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YARN BOWL

1. Blow up a balloon to the size of your choice. Place the ballon on a bowl.
2. Cut strands of yarn 12 and more inches long.(The heavier the yarn the better)
3. Soak the yarn in a bowl of white glue. When thoroughly drenched, lift the yarn from bowl and sqeeze the excess glue between finger and thumb.
4. Place the yarn and cover only half of the balloon layering and overlapping the pieces (whichever direction you choose.)
5. Continue doing this until an entire  half of the balloon is covered in yarn. Leave the upper half of the balloon bare.
6. The yarn will take 24 to 48 hours to dry. When completely dry--break the balloon. You now have a wonderful lacy bowl to hold ribbons, scarves or whatever!

Tips: This bowl can also be made using liquid startch instead of glue; however, I have not made one using starch. Alos, instead of a balloon, a bowl or ball may also be used as theform. However, the balloon is the easiest to remove the bowl, once it has dried... Photographscourtesy of artist and teacher Shannon Stewart (Formerly of Stetson Hills School-Phoenix, AZ.)

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BALLOON AND YARN BALLS

(The sample is used as a 'Snowball'--but are fun to make any time of the year and hang from the ceiling or outdoors.)

Blow up a balloon to a size of a softball; cut about a 2 to 3 foot of white yarn and put it in bowl of Elmer's glue. Take out the yarn and begin wrapping it around balloon. When done wrapping --- sprinkle it with white or silver glitter. Hang the balloon to dry for 24 hrs or until the glue is dry--- then pop the balloon! You have this pretty snowball to hang from your ceiling or on branches.Sample photos courtesy of  More mom time...

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USE YARN TO STRING....Colored pasta, Cherrio-type cereal, candy...anything with a hole in the center! Makes a nice craft and snack in one!

 

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YARN SHAPED LEAVES ... (The leaves can also be made into people during warm weather or Autumn)
Materials:
Leaves
Thin cardboard
Pencil or pen
Scissors
Tacky glue
Colorful yarn
Adhesive magnet strips

  • Trace some leaves onto thin cardboard and cut them out.
  • Coat one side of the cardboard with tacky glue and let the glue dry after covering the shape with yarn.
  • Attach a strip of adhesive magnet to the back.
  • You can also us colored foam (green, red, yellow, orange), that is peel-and-stick. Peel the backing off and "paint" the yarn right to the foam, much easier and neater than glue.
  • Cut out the leaf shapes and paste them to background paper.
  • You can add heads, arms, and legs. Suggest that children have the leaf people engaged in some activity.

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• FABRIC CAT AND YARN...How about  something like this fabric  shaped cat and adding the playful yarn?

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BOOKMARK TRIM...You can always add ribbon or yarn to BOOKMARKS! Visit the BOOK MARK MAKING PAGE...

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How about making a 'God's Eye' or 'Friendship Bracelet'? Directions coming in Spring...

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 FISH WEAVE ON DIPLAY WALL

 

Have children weave strips of fabric, ribbon or yarn on paper plates. Joing the plates together to make the scales of a fish! Photograph of Display Wall is by Lisa Tregellas at Display Photos. 

 

 

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MAKE AN EMBROIDERY HOOP WIND CHIME Need: Embroidery hoop, (As hoops have two pieces - one hoop will make 2 wind chimes) String or yarn, materials that makes noise (beads, spoons,   bells, blocks or tin cans)
1.  Attach 3 strings to an embroidery hoop; tie the strings together at the top of the hoop - leaving enough string to form a loop to hang it.
2.  Attach 3-8 strings to hang down for the chime.
3.  Add anything that makes noise.
4.  Decorate the embroidery hoop anyway you wish--or leave as is...

 

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GAME...

SNAKES AND WORMS
(You can call this game anything you want. An idea is to use brown and green yarn and call it
snakes and worms...)

1. Cut two colors of yarn, each about 20 feet long. (If you have a large group playing at the same time--you may need 3 colors of yarn and cut the pieces longer)
2. Next cut the long length into many pieces.
3. Hide the pieces of yarn outside.
4. When time to play, carefully explain rules and regulations to children.

Form two teams with one or two kids on each side as captains.
They will tie each yarn piece that is brought to them, to the next yarn piece.
The team with the longest finished yarn (Worm or Snake) wins!

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 SCIENCE USING STRING...

CATCH AN ICE CUBE
Need: Ice cubes, cup of water, string, salt
1.  Float an ice cube in the cup of water.
2.  Carefully lay one end of a piece of string on the floating cube.
3.  Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto the string and wait for about 30 seconds.
4.  Pick up the string, and WOW, you caught an ice cube
5.  But what else can you use besides salt? Try sugar, pepper, sand, flour, you name it. See what works, and what doesn't, and try to figure out why!
How's it work?
Salt that dissolves on the ice cube lowers its freezing point, which means that it actually melts faster than normal in the cup. After some of the salt washes away, a little bit of the water on the cube re-freezes, trapping the string with it. Substances that dissolve in water can lower the freezing point of ice, while things that don't dissolve can't.

From Jacy, age 12, MN (Catch an Ice Cube)
First I collected the materials that were needed. When I started with the salt and ice, I found that the salt melts the ice and then it refroze over the string. You could then lift up the string and the ice cube would be hanging from it. I tried doing this experiment with other substances like sugar, pepper, baking soda, and baking powder. I found that none of them worked like salt did to make the string stick to the ice cube. The experiment was cool.
Adapted from: pbskids.org

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RINGING EARS
Materials:
A Fork
A Spoon
3 feet of String/Thread
Steps:
1. Take the string and tie the fork to the centre of the string/thread.
2. Take one end of the string/thread and tie it around your right index finger (pointer), then tie the other end of the string/thread around your left index (pointer) finger.
3. Place your fingers (index/pointer) to your ears and let the fork dangle in front of you.
4. Get someone to tap the fork with the spoon. You should hear loud ringing in your ears.
The ringing sound travels up the string/thread to your ears.
You could tie other metal objects to the string/thread to see what sounds travel to your ears.

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HELP  BIRDS BUILD THEIR NESTS SUPPLYING STRING AND YARN!

#1 IDEA: Lend a helping hand to the birds in your area by supplying them with simple nesting materials. All you need to do is fill a MESH BAG bag ( like the kind onions are packaged in ) OR A BERRY BASKET.

Fill with dried grass, short lengths of yarn and string, stuffing from old furniture or feather pillow--- dryer lint, also hair from your brush. (Have the yarns/threads poke out of the mesh or basket so birds can easily access materials)

  • Hang the bag in a location that the birds can safely access; watch the birds collect--hunt to see if you can find one of "your" nests!

PROVIDE NEST SUPPLY BOX FOR BIRDS: IDEA #2
You need: A Milk carton, String, Scissors, Dryer lint, Pet and people hair, bits of yarn and string

  • Have adults cut a flap (about halfway down) in both sides of the milk carton.
  • Wash the inside of the milk carton and allow it dry.
  • Fold the flaps of the milk carton down to create a perch for the birds to land on.
  • To make the hanger: thread a long piece of string through the opening of the milk carton. Tie the two pieces of string together. Make sure you use strong knots or ask a grownup to help you.
  • Fill the box with the items you have collected (dryer lint, pet and people hair, bits of string and yarn).
  • Hang your nesting supply box outside in a tree and keep checking to see if it needs replenishing.

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