Yarn Shapes

Yarn Shapes lesson plan

  • 1.

    Cut yarn for children age 3 and younger. To introduce this activity, have toddlers trace around shapes with their fingers. Demonstrate how to place yarn on top of simple geometric shapes. Closely supervise young children's use of the yarn.

  • 2.

    Yarn is so flexible, colorful, and soft that children naturally gravitate to it in math and art explorations.

  • 3.

    Increase complexity of this activity as children's understanding of shape grows.

  • 4.

    With Crayola&reg Scissors, cut a piece of colorful yarn as long as your arms will stretch (children age 3 and younger use yarn already cut by an adult).

  • 5.

    Experiment by creating different shapes with the yarn. Wrap it around a ball or block. Spread it out on a table or the floor. Can you name the shapes you and your friends make?

  • 6.

    Place yarn in several interesting shapes. Make both rounded edges and pointed corners.

  • 7.

    On construction paper, draw the shape that's most interesting with a Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayon.

  • 8.

    Glue yarn to your drawing with Crayola® School Glue. Write your name in crayon, too.


  • Asking Questions
  • Reading Pictures
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Social & Emotional: Making Friends
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Problem Solving
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts