This month’s Art Explorers is all about Yarn (or as we call it wool) and I decided again to go child led. I’m taking each of these projects as a way for J to experiment with different media and develop his own way of doing art.

Art Explorers YarnI started by getting out some scraps of wool and showing him the different textures (I knit so had a variety of ends that I keep in a bag) and colours as well as let him feel them. We also watched an episode of Mister Maker where he makes a picture of a sheep from an old scarf – I was so sure that he would want to copy this as Mister Maker is his favourite programme.

Painting with Wool
J painted with the wool making dots first off

But to my surprise it turned into a free flow (process art) project with him having loads of fun doing it. I asked what he wanted to use – he wanted “WHITE PAPER”, “GREEN WOOL”, “GLUE”, “WHITE, YELLOW, BLUE, GREEN PAINT” and “Mummy go play with T!”. Immediately I knew this would be messy.

Toddler exploring different art media
J poured his paints to the paper and then added the wool to the paint

I watched from the kitchen whilst playing with T what he was doing – first he used the wool to paint with – instead of using it all in the paint he took the end and dabbed the paint on the paper making dots everywhere. Then he repeated the process with the wool in the glue after mixing it up. He then decided to pour the paint from the tray onto the paper and lay the wool in the paint creating a textured art work.

Child led art
J added his glue to stick the wool to his painting

What then happened before I could get the art work… was he poured the glue all over it and mixed it all together ripping the paper and creating a mush, but he learnt from the process about not doing it and he’s been really careful since.

Toddler textured painting
J’s finished painting before adding the glue – an abstract art piece with different textures

Thank you to Nurturestore for giving us the incentive to try a new material in our art even though we don’t actually have a product to show for it the process was great.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Many thanks!

  2. i love process art even when there is no product. we’ve had a few sessions like that recently. I should try one with wool, it looks like it would be fun.
    I got very confused by your new header, thought i was in the wrong place. Looks great.

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