(Aww, aren't they cute? My preschooler was in looove with these.)
Weaving Cute Baby Turtles Using God's Eye Weaving Pattern
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Usually I have a ton of related picture books to share.... but apparently we don't read very many turtle-themed books! (Know of any good ones?) The only ones that I can remember us reading (and liking) are the Franklin books.
But, if you're looking for some great inspirational art books to get the creative juices flowing, here are
Our current 20+ favorite art books:
- Colorful Dreamer
- The Iridescence of Birds
- Modern Art Adventures
- Mix it Up
- Press Here
- Any Ed Emberley Book
- The Day the Crayons Quit
- Beautiful Oops
- Dog's Colorful Day
- Too Much Glue
- Harold and the Purple Crayon
- Day with No Crayons
- Artist to Artist
- Artist Ted
- The House Baba Built
- A Blue Butterfly: A Story of Claude Monet
- Sandy's Circus
- A is for Art
- The Artful Parent
- This Bridge Will Not Be Grey
- Art Workshops for Children
Let's Weave Some Baby Turtles!First we painted 3 mini popsicle sticks with quick dry solid tempera paint. (I LOOOVE these paints because we can paint quickly and if the baby starts crying and we have to stop crafting... it's not a big deal. There's not much cleanup or setup needed!)
Once our paint dried (ours dried in a couple of minutes) we drew on a face and some toes.
Then, we hot glued the turtle together.
Now we grabbed our colorful yarn and got weaving.
First I tied on a piece of long yarn. (I made sure to leave a bit of excess yarn so that I could tie my last piece of yarn with my first piece of yarn at the end.)
Then, we wrapped the yarn around our turtle (across the center), making sure to cover the middle portion. (I think I wrapped it around 2-3 times each time.)
Ok. Then, we began weaving just like you would with a normal two stick God's eye pattern. We placed our yarn over a popsicle stick, wrapped it around once, and then placed our yarn over the next popsicle stick, and wrapped it around... and kept repeating that over and around process.
And to change colors, we simply tied on another piece of yarn.
Once we finished, we tied our last piece of yarn to our first piece of yarn.
And that's it! I really hope you try this activity with your kiddos too. It's such a fun and easy craft that's sure to please kids of all ages. (When my 4 year old saw me making these, he immediately wanted to make some too. I got the first steps started for him, but he quickly caught onto the "over and around" weaving pattern!)
And if you liked this activity, you can find more weaving crafts and more popsicle stick crafts on the blog!
Happy making, friends!