It’s no secret that Madeline loves gluing projects! She also has taken an interest in yarn. She has been going through my knitting bag lately and unraveling yarn proclaiming “This is mine now.” I wanted a yarn project of her own to do and figured this name recognition, letter tracing, “yarn writing” (thanks for the cute name for it, Jess!) activity would work perfectly with our theme!Craft/Activity/Snack: “Yarn Writing”
Objective: Use yarn and glue to “trace” the letters in your name
Skills Utilized: name/letter recognition, fine motor, early writing skills
Suggested Reading: We read the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, so you can try to find a book that involves the childs name, or perhaps an ABC book.
Materials: glue, yarn, the childs name written on paper
Unprompted, Madeline started telling me the letters as soon as she sat down. We discussed that these letters spelled out her name. We practiced the letter sounds.
For the project, start by tracing the letter with the glue. I did the first letter but later on Maddy did it herself.
I eyeballed how long to cut the yarn (you can trim them later, after they are glued on) and showed Madeline how to trace the letters with the yarn pieces. She absolutely loved it and made up a little song “M, M, M!” as she carefully and thoughtfully glued the yarn on.
She skipped around a little (“I want to do N now!”) which is totally cool. I was really surprised by how much she enjoyed this. As you can see, she took it very seriously!
She wanted to do some tracing herself, which of course I encouraged.
The finished product!
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Use different color yarn for each letter to practice color recognition.
- Use this yarn writing technique to practice other words or shapes.