Two Ingredient Tuesday: Yarn + Pipe Cleaners = My Initials

When I saw these beautiful yarn letters from giddygiddy, I knew I had to try these with my kids. We had a lot of fun with it, and for kids working on learning reading skills it’s a great tactile way to work on letters.

Shaping the First Letter

We started out following the suggestion giddygiddy to form the pipe cleaner letter first and then wrap with pretty yarn. My friend’s tween daughter immediately created this this lovely scripty ‘m’, which will make a lovely addition to her bulletin board.

However, we found the younger kids had a little trouble wrapping the yarn when they formed the letter first. So in consultation with my 6-year-old, we developed this simplified technique.

We started by wrapping the yarn around the pipe cleaner. To anchor the end of the yarn and keep it from slipping, just pinch over the tip of the pipe cleaner to make a little hook.

Wrapping the Yarn

And then it’s easy to wrap the yarn around… and around… and around. I was surprised by how well this worked, even for a 4-year-old. I only had to help tie off the end so the yarn wouldn’t unravel.

Then once the yarn is all wrapped, the pipe cleaner can be bent and formed however you like.

Final Touches

I had a selection of lovely tasteful colors as well, but of course my 6-year-old only wanted to use the rainbow and fuzzy yarns. And as always he had his own ideas of where he wanted to take the project, and decided he wanted to create this series of fuzzy numbers.

We were quite pleased with how these came out! The pipe cleaners are such a fun way to play with letter formation, and the finished products make a really nice decoration to hang on a bedroom door or to display on a bookshelf.

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