Lately my 2 year old has been excited about learning shapes. So we used glue and yarn to make a fun shape banner. The process ended up being great fine motor practice for my two year old as he worked with the yarn. It is a cute and colorful garland for him to proudly display and talk about shapes!
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Materials Needed to Make a Yarn Shape Banner:
- School Glue (PVA glue)
- Wax Paper
- A shape template (use a printable, draw shapes onto paper, or use cut out shapes)
- A bowl
How to Make a Yarn Shape Banner:
Set-up: Before starting, I prepared a template for my toddler to use as a guide. Our work surface was dark, so I cut shapes from white sheets of paper and taped them down. I then laid the wax paper over the paper shapes for my toddler to put the yarn on.
Making the shape banner:
- First, we poured some school glue into a bowl. If the glue is very thick, water can be added, but keep in mind the more water is added the longer it will take to dry.
- Next we cut yarn into pieces. We made them about 5 inches long to make it easier to manage.
- Press and stir the yarn into the glue.
- We picked out one piece of yarn at a time and laid them on top of the wax paper, using the shape template as a guide. **Note: I found it was easier if I helped do the outline with yarn first, and then my toddler filled in the rest.
- The end result is more stable if all of the yarn ends are touching another piece of yarn.
- Let dry completely (ours took 24 hours, and more if water was added).
- When dry and stiff, carefully peel the yarn off of the wax paper.
- String the shapes onto yarn or string to make a banner to display the colorful shapes.
And that’s it! A simple way to learn about shapes. My toddler showed off his shape banner to his grandparents and is proud of his work. I hope you enjoy it too!
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