That's right, I said it. This is an article on needle felting with young kids. You know, the kind that like to use needles to poke furniture, clothes, other people, themselves? Those kids. But it's possible! With a lot of supervision and patience it can even be a pretty fun time.
Here's what you need:
- Needle felting kit - basically any one that gives you the needle and the foam block.
- Wool felt cutouts - I grabbed these precut ones in the target dollar bin but you can also just cut them out of felt
- Wool roving - if you don't have any, you can also use wool yarn
- Mini cookie cutters
#1 Stress the ouch factor
Because my kid is who he is, we talked a bit about how ouch this could end up. I showed him the needle and how sharp it was and reminded (and reminded) just how painful it could be, and that this was a "with mommy only" activity.
#2 Cookie cutters are your friend
Use the cookie cutters to act as a guide to keep the roving in place and also to keep little fingers safe. I bought a set of minis on sale at the craft store. Bonus is, we can use them for pies when we aren't needle felting!
#3 Model! Model! Model!
It's going to take some time for little fingers to get used to this. They way we practiced was by me doing it slowly for D to watch, then hand over hand, then on his own. He was really excited about it, but also unsure which in this case I was way ok with since he kept letting me have longer turns.
So to those of you out there unsure about your child's capabilities let me tell you, my son is 4, has decent fine motor skills, and the attention span of a fly. Sometimes a dog. Sometimes a dog distracted by a fly. But he was in to doing it enough that we completed two hearts. One with felted heart and one with a bear. We will be doing some stitching with them later this week. And guess what? He didn't poke himself or anything else! Win! I'll be back later this week with more info on the tiny Valentine's Day project we did. Stay tuned!
Do you have any other tips for trying out needle felting with young kiddos? Let us know in the comments below!