Monday, July 26, 2010

Fun and easy yarn projects at PTSA summer camp!

We had a great week making giant Ojo de Dios (God's eyes) and pompom critters, and learning to make a Japanese Kumihimo braid. The kids ranged from those entering 4th grade to 6th grade, with my 'helper' entering 7th grade, and everyone was successful and happy.

The God's eyes were made on 3' dowels. The kids caught on quickly and chose very unique color combinations.

Everyone got so good at making pompoms, we made these adorable pompom critters.
So easy and cute!

Kumihimo is very easy to do - all you need is a notched circle of heavy cardboard and some yarn. The kids were surprised by how easy it was to learn, and they all took their 'looms' home and came back each day to show me what they had made the previous night without any assistance. We made bracelets and keychains.

All in all, it was a good week. And as for my super helper, I needed a reminder to be specific with instructions! One day, I asked her to PICK UP the rolls of masking tape we had used. I neglected to say PUT THEM AWAY. So I walked the kids to the front door to meet their rides home, and when I returned to my classroom, this (picture below) was what I found. She had certainly 'picked up' the tape! Cute, huh?


  1. Love all of it! Especially the God's Eyes - they are SO impressive BIG! Looks like the kids had a BLAST!

  2. These are great BIG! What a fun group of kids. They look like characters! Great tape creation.

  3. Phyl - I read you latest post so I know you are awaiting your son's arrival home - YAHOO! If ou find a minute any time this week could you post or e-mail me more specific direction on Kumihimo! What I found on the internet seem so tricky - your method seems so simple! I would like to try it next week on vacation with my nieces!
    Thanks - Susan
    PS - If not no worries - I will keep searching myself!

  4. Thanks for the Japanese Kumihimo braid idea!
    I just looked it up on youtube and there are a few tutorials there.