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Weaving with hardware store mesh

Early educators know that weaving is a wonderful activity for young children that helps to:

  • develop fine motor skills
  • develop eye hand coordination
  • increase focus and attention span
  • promotes left right coordination
  • reinforces following directions
  • offers a relaxing, tactile experience
  • is fun!

Making looms can be very time consuming if you have a large class. Here is a simple, economical solution that generates great results!

Materials:

  • Hardware store pest/deer mesh (we bought this at Home Depot).
  • Scissors
  • Weaving Materials: Ideal materials to weave are ones that present a variety of thickness and texture. We used:  Yarn (we bought ours from yarn.ca), string, pipe cleaners, twine, thin, live sticks from outside (dogwood, willow are ideal), burlap material scraps and wool roving (cotton fill could work too).

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Instructions:

  1. Cut your mesh into a 6 x 12″ rectangle. Make sure to trim off all of the “stems” so that you have smooth, clean edges (no pokey mesh pieces).
  2. Begin weaving!
  3. We found that changing materials every three rows or so worked best. Consider a variety of textures and thicknesses and mix it up as you go. You can even add tassles to the bottom if you wish.
  4. Hang vertically – you can even add a larger stick to the top from which your work can hang.
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    Kids Weaving Project

    Young kids weaving

    Kids Weaving Project

  5. Post a picture of your wall hangings @thedoodlepost – we’d love to see your work and you could win a free craft subscription!

Happy Creating!!

The Best Bunny Masks

It’s finally spring! For those of you who celebrate Easter, we’ve researched some of the cutest Bunny Masks to sit at your table.

Having a craft on hand when you’re entertaining a large group can calm kids and help them focus. It can also be a great “ice breaker” for cousins or relatives who are shy. For your reference, here are our faves:

1. Playful Learning’s Printable Bunny Mask

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We loved this because it came with a printable and was super easy to make. We added a few more details (a paper nose, white whiskers with white crayon or chalk) to make the craft last a bit longer. Kids really loved wearing these.

2. Mer Mag’s DIY Bunny Mask via Petite Magazine

If you follow her you know Mer Mag is the coolest crafter there is. Her super hip designs always make me swoon and these were ideal for kids who didn’t want to “wear” a mask.

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3. Homelife’s How to make a Bunny Mask

I loved the “outdoor component” to this craft. Anything that involves everyone going outside on a hunt is my BAG. In this case, it was to find the leaves. We ended up using magnolia leaves from my planter but hey…we were outside :)

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Happy crafting and happy Easter everyone! Don’t forget to tag your crafts #thedoodlepost. You could win a free craft kit subscription!

Erin