Yarn Craft Basket and Books for Kids

Make a yarn craft basket for kids to explore yarn.

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When I learned about All Done Monkey’s 31 Days of ABC series, I knew I needed to handle Y so I could talk about ways to play with yarn with kids.

The girl has been immersed in yarn her whole life, but she is always excited when I make a project or an activity basket that is just for her, as I did with this yarn craft basket.Make a yarn craft basket for kids to explore yarn.

What’s In the Yarn Craft Basket

I pulled together my yarn craft basket from materials I already had at home, but these sorts of things can be easily and inexpensively purchased if you don’t have a big supply of yarn and craft supplies.

Here’s what I included:

  • a Y cut out of card stock with holes punched in for threading
  • a cardboard Y for wrapping with yarn
  • a small plastic canvas heart for stitching a design on
  • a large pom-pom maker
  • blunt sewing needles for the sewing and threading tasks
  • many small balls of yarn in a yarn-inspired basket I bought at Target earlier this year (I in particular included black and orange yarn because it’s almost Halloween)Yarn pompom orange and black

How to Use the Craft Yarn Basket

Of course you can pull together any activities you think your child would like in this way and just see what they do, but here there are opportunities for engaging with yarn in a lot of different ways including wrapping, sewing and making pom-poms (maybe make enough to make a pompom wreath?).

For older kids you might include knitting needles or a crochet hook if you’re able to teach them those skills. For younger kids, include scissor, glue and paper and let them cut up the yarn and glue it to the paper.Make a yarn basket for kids to learn about and craft with yarn.

Grab a piece of cardboard and make a little loom.

You can also braid yarn into necklaces or bracelets, make tassels, arrange your yarn balls by size or color. So many possibilities.

Books About Yarn for Kidspicture books about knitting

I happen to have a lot of picture books related to yarn and knitting in particular, so I wanted to include some of those alongside this activity basket (affiliate links below!). Here are the ones I chose:

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett is my hands-down favorite kid’s book about knitting. It’s so cute. The story is about Annabelle, a girl who lives in a cold little town devoid of color until she finds a magical box of yarn that never runs out.

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos is good inspiration for kids learning to knit who have lots of holes (from dropped stitches) in their knitting. Annie gets super frustrated trying to learn to knit, then becomes more determined to get it when she decides knitting is the talent she wants to show her class.

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards is a new one, about a woman who spends all her time knitting hats for everyone else on the block and the little girl, Sophia, who decides to pay her back.

I kind of hate that every children’s book about knitting I know of has a girl as the main character. For a little gender balance, watch the episode of “Arthur” where he learns to knit.

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Teaching the ABCs – October 1

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C – October 4

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W – October 24

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X – October 25

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Z – October 27

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123’s – October 28

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Prewriting – October 29

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