Art Project: Yarn Wrapping
die cut animal shapes from cereal boxes
Extra yarn / Barnett, Mac
This book is really too complex for toddlers. The third class got a quick summary of each page and the part about the evil archduke was quite edited.
*Note: I do three sessions of this class, back-to-back each week. This week, I tweaked the set-up for each class after learning lessons in earlier classes. For the first class, I distributed cardboard shapes, scissors, yarn (some pieces cut in about 18" lengths, but also small balls of yarn), and tape to each table. Here's what happened:
There are a number of older siblings (3-5 year olds) in the 9:30 class, so I saw a few animals that looked like this:
It started off innocently enough. I loved that this artist wanted to try to thread the yarn through this giraffe's eye.
This was what each artist was provided with:
This was the most "yarn-wrapped" result (other than the tidily yarn-wrapped examples that the adults in the room couldn't resist making!):
Hindsight Tip: SO MUCH HINDSIGHT with this project!
--I've already listed a bunch above (I learned SO much from the class this week!), but as it pertains to this particular project, I learned that wrapping yarn is a tricky concept to explain without showing someone exactly how to do it, and even then, it's not really at toddler skill level. This would be an excellent project for four year olds or older kids.
--I learned (in general) that I don't like projects where I get obsessed with what the kids are producing instead of whether they're having fun and learning something through the experience (scissors! tape! the sensory joy of unwinding a ball of yarn! These are all valid art experiences!).
--I learned that when I narrow the parameters of a project down so far that there's really only one outcome, the results are either success (predictable and kind of boring, to be honest) or failure (frustrating) and there's less room for serendipity and creativity. Lesson learned. Go with the flow. If we did four weeks of tape projects, we'd probably have some pretty happy children.
Adult Challenge: "Big Hands off the Art." Yeah, this one was a challenge for me too. Sorry, folks!