Yarn projects: Why they’re great

Isn’t it that time of year when you want to cozy up by the fire with a ball of soft yarn to create something beautiful and warm for someone you love? Unfortunately, it’s also that time of year where the hustle and bustle of holiday life can prevent you from finishing those kind of handmade presents… which means it’s also a good time of year to solicit yarn donations from your community!

And what can you do with all that yarn? Knitting and crocheting provide a host of benefits for students:

  • Fine motor skills – which have a direct correlation with handwriting
  • Spacial relations – related to math
  • Following directions
  • Problem solving
  • Focus
  • Following through
  • Self-esteem
  • Entrepreneurship – if they can sell their products
  • Brain connections – crossing left and right promotes connections between the two brain hemispheres

Also, knitting has a lot in common with coding.

If your students are already knitting masters, or if you don’t have the patience to teach them right now, this month’s blog posts will focus on other yarn projects you can do. A few months ago, I mentioned yarn dolls (or animals). Stay tuned for more ideas the rest of this month!