Hidden Art Friday

Happy Friday, everybody!

As the days are darker and shorter, we have been doing more inside activities lately. Usually this means a lot more reading aloud. My kids don’t sit still well while reading, though. They listen best (and longest!) if they’ve got something for their hands to do while they’re listening. Sometimes this is coloring, sometimes it’s doing intricate dot-to-dots, and sometimes it’s finger knitting.

I love finger knitting. It doesn’t involve needles and stitches or complicated casting-on, and it’s easy for even a five-year-old to learn. It helps develop their fine motor skills, getting them ready for needles, without frustrating them. My son even enjoys it.

FingerKnittingWhile my girls are happy to finger knit with no project in mind, my son likes to finger knit to an end. Last year, he helped me make this wreath:

FingerKnitWreathThis year, he has been working on garlands for different parts of the house.

FingerKnitGarland

 

There are many great tutorials on youtube to get started, as well as lots of great pinterest ideas for things you can do with finger knitting. Does anybody else do this with their kids? What do they like to make?

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2 Responses to Hidden Art Friday

  1. Emily says:

    Okay, I think we’re going to have to figure this out. T and E would love to finger knit!

  2. Grace Halsey says:

    My daughter enjoys this also! She has made belts, braided scarves and “leashes” for her brothers to pull around stuffed animals!

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