Spider Web Yarn Prints

 You know I stay away from cookie cutter crafts.  At first glance this could appear as a craft, but I assure you this is more about the process than the end product.  Using yarn to paint is definitely a messy, process-art activity.  I have done it several times during play groups (you can also paint with cooked spaghetti!). When y'all asked me for Fall open-ended activities, I remembered that some children said their yarn prints looked like spider webs!  I agree!

What better time to try Yarn Prints, than fall when you see spider webs everywhere!

Here's what you need: 

  • yarn
  • scissors
  • black tempera paint
  • white tempera paint
  • white paper
  • black paper
  • plates to put paint on 
  • clothes pins (optional)

*** I suggest starting with the white and black paint, but if a child wants pink paint...why not?!  That is the beauty of being child-led.  Who cares if their spider web is hot pink?  Who cares if they decide it isn't a spider web at all?  Instead they may have discovered that the colors change when they mix.  They may have discovered that they can make a triangle or a circle with the yarn.  These discoveries are JUST as important.***

How to play: 

1. Squirt some paint onto the plate.  
2. Dip the yarn into the paint.  Really mix it around.  This is MESSY!
3.  Put the string onto your paper to make a design.  If you hold it tight, it makes straight lines.
**If a child does not want messy hands, she can use the clothespins to hold the yarn.

4. Try a different method.  Fold the paper in half.  Lay the painted yarn onto the paper.

5. Close the paper. And rub your hand over the paper to press against the yarn.

6. Open the paper to reveal your web!

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