I remember the little red metal pot holder looms we had in my Kindergarten class. There was this one kid who had the concentration of an arthroscopic surgeon and could churn those weaved trivets out like nobody's business. I'm pretty sure she saved many a dining room table from the dreaded "heat ring". Forty years later, weaving is as popular as ever. I've seen so many creative interpretations recently I thought we'd give it a try. Ages 6,8 and 9.
Choose a sturdy loom. These looms seem to work well but there are simple tutorials for DIY cardboard looms on Pinterest.
Collect yarns with different textures, thicknesses and color gradations. The variegated yarns were a big hit! You don't need anything fancy and leftover yarn is great.
+Always start by going under to catch the previous row.
+Push each row up to create a tight weave. Weave to the very top and bottom of your loom for easy removal. I found this video helpful when removing our finished piece.
+The popsicle stick trick was key. Tape your yarn to the end of a popsicle stick to help guide the yarn through.
Textured yarn and mixed colors create vibrant mini textiles.