Our culture is losing the hobbies and skills they provided to children not so long ago. When looking for free afternoon activities for your children, consider adding the joy for them to explore yarn work in different ways.

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Explore Yarn Work

Our daughter was the only one of our children to enjoy learning to explore yarn work, because our boys were more interested in exploring nature, wood working and whittling, but you may find that for your family, both your daughters and sons may enjoy it.

To explore yarn work, you may want to focus on one skill at a time for a period of time, until it is learned and enjoyed, before adding another thing to do with yarn.


If you don’t know how to crochet, but would like to have your children learn, you may want to start with a beginners kit and you all learn together. If you would rather learn by DVD for those visual learners, I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting can help. It is important to have a good set of different size needles to learn different stitches.


When my daughter started to learn to knit, she loved using a knitting loom to create hats and scarves, and she made some of the cutest baby hats for every new baby we knew. If you would rather just learn the skill of knitting with needles, this beginners kit may be just want you need.  You may want to learn with a DVD for this skill as well, I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting is a good option.

Needle Point Crafts

Children would love to learn how to create colorful art with the Needle Point crafts that use yarn, instead of thread and turn out beautiful. This is a great gift for any little girl interested in sewing and yarn work.

Pom Pom Puppies

Children love puppies, and this yarn craft is adorable and easy for a great afternoon activity. They would also love to create other fuzzy friends with the same techniques.

Weaving Looms

We all remember making loom pot holders, but this weaving loom uses yarn to create some great looking ones that your children will love doing!

Don’t forget to enjoy the other free afternoon activities ideas in this 31 day series

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