A super cool and unique idea for yarn painting

This is one of those painting ideas that makes me get all excited and look forward to setting it all up to watch the children give it a go! At first glance, you may think you have already tried this but keep reading because I really do think this version of yarn painting is unique and is the coolest!…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool : A super cool idea!

To set this up, I had to get Mr. Hayden’s help. Not because it is all that difficult or time consuming but because I chose to wrap yarn around my tall DIY magnetic board which was challenging to do by myself. So Mr. Hayden held the magnetic board up while I wrapped yarn all the way around it from top to bottom then side to side. We taped the yarn in place around the back of the board…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

Once we had the board all wrapped in yarn (making sure we had lots of lines), then we set out different colors of paint in cups and some large pieces of art paper.  If you don’t have a large tray like this, you could wrap individual trays for each child to have their own but I like wrapping a tray so that the string is up off of the surface a bit while the children paint…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

The children started the process by painting right on top of the yarn with any color of their choice…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

As they continued to paint each line of yarn, they switched up colors of paint. This process works best if the children apply the paint generously and it is absolutely okay if the paint gets on the tray too…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

After the children painting the top of the yarn, then it was time to place their paper on top of the yarn and smooth the paper down all over so the paint would transfer from the yarn to the paper…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

And then it was time to lift the paper up and see the beautiful print made on the other side…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

Once the children got the hang of the entire process, some of them proceeded to paint more yarn and make more prints on their paper while others were happy with the first go round and moved on to something else…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

It didn’t matter if there was already paint on the strings when new children came to the table. They simply painted over the strings again and the prints still turned out beautiful…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

As they often do, some of the children wanted to continue to paint after making their prints so they painted the inside spaces of their prints…

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And as the last child was at the art table painting her print, I just couldn’t resist giving this a go myself so I followed her lead and painted my prints too…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

Sometimes, if I will sit with the children and paint, it motivates them to really take their work to another level (although this little one really never needs that extra spark of motivation). We were both quite happy with our completed paintings and sat back to admire them together…

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

Lots of fun and although I wished some of the children would have spent more time at the table, I know that they always rush through ideas on the first try so we will come back to this idea with a little different spin later on because I happen to think this process really is super cool!

Yy is for yarn painting by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-04-24T06:00:34+00:00April 24th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. marje April 24, 2014 at 11:06 am - Reply

    have you tried rubber band painting? Same idea, wrap a tray/pan with rubber bands, slip a piece of paper under them, paint the bands and then snap them for a cool effect.

  2. Katie April 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! It is super cute and I think I’ll be doing it next week. But I am actually really interested in name pockets in the background. I was wondering how you have incorporated them into your classroom. I am looking for new ways to do a sign in each morning and was thinking the pockets might be a solution. Is this what your’s are used for?
    Looking forward to hearing back.

  3. Hana April 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    This looks like a super cool way to paint. Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks to you I am never running out of ideas how to fill our afternoons. Thank you

  4. The Messy Artist April 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this novel idea. I look forward to trying out in my classroom at The Messy Artist. This projects fits perfectly with our process oriented philosophy! Open ended, exploratory, fun and beautiful results is what we strive for. Thanks again. I look forward to seeing more projects from you.

    Donna Bernstein
    The Messy Artist
    East Hanover, NJ

  5. Primary Beginnings April 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    What a cute idea! Love that it is so simple and easy to set up.

  6. Mary Carol April 28, 2014 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to try this with our toddler and preschool children. I know they will love the technique and expand on it in creative ways!

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