Cardboard Yarn Creations in Preschool

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Cardboard yarn creations are a fun way to repurpose cardboard and build fine motor skills!

This week, we decided to explore with yarn and enhance fine motor skills as we created using cardboard canvases. Cardboard can be used in so many creative ways and is a wonderful material to keep on hand. Cardboard canvases can easily be made by cutting cardboard boxes or cereal boxes into smaller-sized canvases.

Begin with a book

We began by reading a children’s book called Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. This story is about a girl named Annabelle who never ran out of yarn and was known for her knitting throughout her little town.

Expanding on the story

After reading the story, each child was given their own cardboard canvas and yarn to create with. We made slots along the edges of the canvas for the children to wrap their yarn around the cardboard.

Practicing scissor skills

The children used estimation to determine how long to cut their yarn. They enhanced their scissor skills as they measured and cut their yarn independently.

Building fine motor development

After cutting their yarn to different lengths, the children began wrapping and threading their yarn across their cardboard and through the slots.

Adding to their creations

The children then added color to their yarn creations by painting with watercolors.

A fun and engaging process

The kids loved this fun process! And what a great way to encourage conservation by repurposing cardboard into canvases in your home or classroom setting.

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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