The girls were fascinated by the yarn I pulled out yesterday, so I decided to make a couple yarn crafts with them this morning.
The no-sew, no-knit yarn octopus doll idea has been around a long time (I imagine it's from the days before plastic manufactured toys), and is a lot of fun to make. It ended up being more of a Mommy-craft, with help from the kids rather than something they could do all by themselves.
First I taped one on of the yarn to a box lid, and L (31 months) and I wound the yarn around and around the lid. It went pretty quickly since we came up with a system where I hand L the ball of yarn and she pulls it around one side of the lid, then passed it to me on the other side, and so on. We did this for three different colors:
The girls wanted to add googly-eyes to the octopus, so we glued some on. I don't know how durable they are going to be - you could sew on buttons instead. Mrs. Octopus was a big hit and the twins fought over who gets to play with her.
I love how cute our underwater friends turned out!
Linking to the Kids Art Explorers Project, whose current theme is Yarn: