Try this any-day project to use up leftovers from other projects. We think you’ll agree: it’s a wrap!
1. Make this: An ombré pencil
Why: Because ordinary pencils are b-o-r-i-n-g
Good for: Planning and fine motor skills
Appeals to: Bold individualists
You’ll need: Yarn in solid, multicolor, or ombré tones; a pencil (mechanical preferred); glue; scissors; glass beads and buttons, optional
What to do:
Step 1: Knot the yarn tightly at the bottom of the pencil, close to the tip. Leave the pencil tip exposed, and 2 inches of yarn—the tail of the knot—hanging loose.
Step 2: Hold the tail securely to the pencil and show your child how to wrap the loose and remaining yarn to cover the pencil, bottom to top. Leave the eraser exposed.
Step 3: Knot the yarn at the top of the pencil, glue to secure, and cut off the excess yarn. Voilà! Write a note.
What to do next: Wrap a ballpoint pen (minus cap). Follow the instructions above. Glue a glass bead or small decorative button at the top of the pen for pizazz. Wrap more for friends.
2. Make this: A one-of-a-kind (pasta) accessory
Why: You have everything you need in the house—and it’s really fun!
Good for: Planning, decision making, and fine motor skills
Appeals to: Style-savvy kids
You’ll need: Yarn or string; uncooked pasta (open at both ends); kid-safe paint; scissors; paintbrush; newspaper or old tablecloth
What to do:
Step 1: Cover crafting surface.
Step 2: Cut yarn or string to desired length for a necklace or bracelet; creation should easily slide on and off neck or wrist.
Step 3: Have your pint-size jeweler paint pasta in a range of colors; let dry. Thread one noodle at a time in alternating colors or another pattern. Knot to secure ends.
What to do next: Add different pasta shapes or plastic beads to mix it up. Make gifts for friends.
3. Make this: A save-your-place bookmark
Why: To show off your brainpower and artwork in one place!
Good for: Concentration, creativity, fine motor skills
Appeals to: Beginner-to-confident readers
What you’ll need: Three strands of 16-inch-long string or yarn; two beads; scissors
What to do:
Step 1: Lay strands of string or yarn side-by-side and knot together, about 1 inch from one end.
Step 2: Thread strings through a bead. Separately, loop each strand back again, passing it through the center of the bead. Form a second knot to hold the bead in place.
Step 3: Braid strings stopping 1 inch from end. Thread strings through the second bead, knot, and trim.
What to do next: Curl up and read!
4. Make This: A yarn butterfly
Why: Why not?
Good for: Fine motor skills,color sense, planning
Appeals to: Nature-loving kids
What you’ll need: String or yarn in two colors; 2 wiggle eyes; 2 chenille sticks; 2 popsicle sticks; scissors; glue; glitter glue
What to do:
Step 1: Cross two popsicle sticks at a 135-degree angle to form an X. Glue in place; let dry. Visually, divide the X in half lengthwise, creating a butterfly wing on each side.
Step 2: Starting at the X’s center, glue one strand of yarn or string at the back of the X, and, working outward, wrap the string or yarn over and under both sticks to form a wing. Glue yarn at the back.
Step 3: Repeat with color 2 on the other side.
Step 4: Wrap chenille sticks around the butterfly’s middle to form antennae. Paste wiggle eyes on the tummy and add glitter glue to wings.
What to do next: Make a butterfly in other colors and hang both from the ceiling or secure on a wall.
* Beads and wiggle eyes are choking hazards for children younger than 4.