Activities can be thoughtful, open-ended and playful all in one. I love the latest book by Jean Van’t Hul. She is the author of the previously published book The Artful Parent, and the genius behind the Artful Parent blog with the same name. (Psst… You can read our interview with her for that book).
Today’s activity is inspired by her latest book, The Artful Year, published by Roost Books. Full Disclosure: Jean is a long-time pal of ours and we received a complementary book from her – LOVE IT!
Throughout her book she details a variety of activities, crafts and foods that your kids can enjoy together – year round!
My girls just loved browsing through the activities. We love how she incorporates such a wide variety of items and inspiration into her book. There were at least a half dozen activities that the girls asked if they could *Do. Right. Now.*
We settled on repurposing a bent hula hoop into a woven work of art. This was part of her spring loom activity. Her girls made a frame and wove strips of fabric around and through the frame. One of the suggested variations was to craft with a hula hoop. We had one!
The girls wrapped yarn randomly around the center of the circle.
Kids Weaving Craft
They found some old torn dress up clothes, bits of yarn and ribbon and began cutting strips of fabric. Time for lots of knotting, twisting, weaving and debating the placement of various scraps.
They were hard at work. Creating. Together.
I love watching these “best sisters” in their mode!
Your kids can have just as much fun. All you need is a pile of scraps and a place to be them. The kids will do the rest, and they will be super proud to put their finished product up on their walls!
Go get her book!! You won’t be disappointed!