A couple of years ago, I made this pom pom bunny for Sola. She helped to make it by being the hand model for the pom poms, but that was about all she was able to do at the time. This year, I wanted to try making pom pom animals again while finding a way for Sola to feel like she owned the project, instead of me making something for her.
She settled on making a baby chick. As soon as she started trying to wind the yarn around her hand, however, she became very frustrated with the process. She kept trying to move both hands at the same time, but would confuse the direction with one hand or the other and end up unwinding all her work. I finally decided that she needed a stable to object to wrap the yarn around so that she only had to coordinate one hand at a time. I had read about people using forks to make pom poms, but I wanted bigger pom poms than that. So, we finally settled on wrapping the yarn around a board book.
Once Sola had wrapped the yarn around the board book about 50-ish times, she snipped the yarn end and carefully removed it from the book, being sure to keep the yarn’s circular shape.
She then pinched/squished the circle of yarn at the center.
She used a small piece of yarn to tie the bundle of yarn at the middle.
With my assistance, she then cut all the ends of the circle at their midpoint (on both sides of the circle).
At this point, she had a big floppy headed pom pom, which would have made a great Muppet.
As Sola wanted a chick, however, she had to give the pom pom a hair trim all over.
Next she cut out a beak, eyes, and feet from scrap pieces of felt….
….and glued them to her pom pom. (A little spilled glue doesn’t hurt, especially if Mommy can discreetly wipe up some.)
And voila! We Sola had made a baby chick.
We also made a bear from multiple pom poms. Sola’s only regret was that these really are more of decorations than toys. So Sola added them to our seasonal table, but declared them to be “useless”, even though she later was observed showing them off to her friends,
Here is an excellent video tutorial for making pom poms from yarn: