Snowflake String Art Christmas Ornament Craft Kit
Great If you substitute the String!
If the string it came with was spooled on a card it would be great! Otherwise don't bother trying to unravel the string it comes with. I substituted crochet thread (yarn would be too thick for the template) in various colors and the kids loved doing it! It helps the kids to tape down the thread when they are starting and ending a color. You can put a drop of glue on it when finished it you want to remove the tape. Holding the end of the string, without taping, while starting the weaving is too complicated for little hands. Add vocabulary and concepts such as symmetry, opposite, matching, winding, weave, teeth, tension, clockwise, counter clockwise. Skills used include knot tying, threading, winding and weaving. We did this with 4th graders with little or no crafting experience and encouraged them to work as independently as possible and not rely on the adult in the work group to tape the thread down or tie the knots. It was just challenging enough to keep their attention but not frustrating enough to make them want to give up. I know the 3rd grade group I had the week before would have been too frustrated with this. I would like to have some more string templates for purchase!
December 11, 2013
Wouldn't Purchase Again
I bought these to do at a sleepover for my daughter and her friends. When you pull everything out, the string is SO knotted, it would take hours to get it all straight. The girls finally got tired of the knots and gave up altogether.
December 26, 2012