We've put together an awesome list of classic yarn crafts for kids! Get inspired with ideas from Easter and Halloween crafts to Mother's day gifting and unique art pieces. Our favorite yarn crafts will have your learners both enjoying their craft time and developing their fine motor skills at the same time! Below you'll find 22 inspiring ideas to work into your next preschool class and make boring unit work fun and exciting.
1. Pom-Pom Spiders
These pom-pom spiders make the perfect yarn craft for the Halloween season. All you'll need to bring them to life is chunky wool, pipe cleaners, a glue gun, googly eyes, and felt.
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2. Fluffy Rock Pets
Whether your preschooler is making one rock pet or an entire family, this activity is sure to keep them occupied for a while. By using glue, an assortment of colorful yarns ,and paints as well as googly eyes, they'll be able to inject expression and life into an otherwise inanimate object.
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3. Toilet Roll Easter Bunnies
Looking for an Easter craft that'll excite your class? These toilet roll bunnies are a perfect choice. Start by cutting out two cardboard ears and attaching them to a toilet roll. Next, cover the roll in your wool of choice before gluing on the felt eyes, ears, whiskers, and feet. Pull your creature together by giving them a cotton ball tail.
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4. Wooly Popsicle Stick Fairies
If you have some popsicle sticks lying around, this adorable fairy castle along with a few winged residents is the perfect activity. The whole class can get involved by building the castle together and each student can make their own wool-wrapped fairy.
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5. God's Eye Craft
This craft may look tricky due to it's intricate design, but it truly is simple. To make this easier for young learners we'd recommend first gluing 2 wooden dowels into an X shape before having the students weave the wool around the figure. It's an awesome activity to help develop fine motor skills and makes the most beautiful wall hanging.
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6. Paper Plate Jellyfish
This craft is a fabulous inclusion to any oceanic lesson plan. Students can glue shreds of tissue paper onto half a paper plate. Teachers can then help them punch holes into the plate before students go ahead and thread their wool- symbolizing the jellyfish's tentacles. Lastly, glue on some googly eyes and draw a mouth to add expression.
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7. Paper Cup Parrot
Our paper cup parrots make for an awesome art project. All you'll need is yarn, colorful feathers and cups, glue, googly eyes, and orange foam. Whether you're looking to occupy your kids at home or work this craft into a lesson about birds, one thing is certain- they'll adore the result!
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8. Yarn Wrapped Tulips
These yarn-wrapped tulips make a divine mothers day gift and a great way to make use of some old yarn scraps. Start by having your learners paint a popsicle stick green. Then wrap yarn around tulip-shaped cardboard cutouts and glue them onto their stems.
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9. Paper Plate Weaving
Although your learners may need some guidance getting started, they'll soon get the hang of things. Have your little ones trace a shape onto a paper plate before helping them press holes along its borders. Once the process is complete they can begin weaving and watch their creation take shape!
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10. Tree Of Life
Similar to the activity above, this tree of life craft requires weaving. Once a brown yarn truck and branches have been woven through a hollowed-out paper plate, tissue paper balls can be glued atop the tree.
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11. Make Your Own Rainbow
12. Clothes Pin Puppets
Craft activities, although beautiful to look at, often serve no purpose. These funky-haired clothespin puppets will certainly have their fair share of use and are the ideal craft for using up leftover colored yarn. All that's required to make them is yarn, clothespins, and paper faces.
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13. Sticky Yarn Snowflake
These sticky snowflakes result in some pretty cool yarn art and can be used to decorate the classroom as Winter emerges. Position strands of glue-soaked yarn onto wax paper in the shape of a snowflake and sprinkle with glitter. Once dry, the snowflakes can be strung around the room using a piece of string.
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14. Finger Knitting
This is certainly one of the most popular yarn crafts and is great for practicing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Change up the colors or simply use one ball of yarn to let your learners practice their braiding skills and see what they can create.
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15. Yarn Map Game
The magic of yarn never ceases to amaze us! In this activity we see its use extend itself to a fun game. Use your yarn to map out a grid on the floor and secure the edges with tape. Place a number in each of the quadrants and assign an instruction to each. Instructions could be anything you choose- for example, hop on one leg 3 times or do 5 jumping jacks.
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16. Wooly Sheep Craft
This adorable wooly sheep is a fun yarn art activity that your whole class will love! All you'll need is a paper plate, a black marker, scissors, yarn, glue, and googly eyes.
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17. Unicorn Craft
Brightly colored yarn and pipe cleaners take the stage in this enjoyable activity. Help your students cut out a shoe shape to form the face of their unicorn before gluing on its eyes, mane, and horn. Lastly, let them finish off their creature by drawing on a nose and mouth.
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18. Yarn Stamps
Make a beautiful piece of art using yarn stamps! Start by cutting leaf shapes from a piece of foam, wrapping yarn around them, and then gluing them onto old bottle caps. Learners can then draw a tree trunk and branches onto a piece of paper before pressing their stamp onto an ink pad and then adding adorning their tree with leaves.
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19. Rolling Pin Yarn Art
Who would've thought that painting with yarn would be so easy? Instruct your students to wrap their yarn around a rolling pin in a pattern of their choice. Next, roll the pin through a stream of paint and then onto a large piece of paper. Voila- each learner has a vibrant piece of art to take home!
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20. Yarn Letter Craft
To recreate these personalized bookmarks you'll need to wrap letters from cardboard in a yarn of your choice before gluing them onto brightly colored popsicle sticks. Your students then have a beautiful craft that has practical use!
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21. Crazy-Hair Stress Balloons
This fun project really allows your students to get creative and personalize their make. You'll need flour-filled balloons for bodies, assorted yarn for hair, and a marker for learners to add expression to their little creatures.
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22. Yarn Chick Nests
This Easter chick yarn craft is the perfect April time activity and couldn't be easier to pull together. All you'll need are plastic eggs, pieces of colorful yarn, assorted feathers, googly eyes, yellow cardstock, and glue!
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