I like crafts where the end product is less important than the process but I thought this would also create a fun and cool bowl too. Its also nice to have something to show for your work. There would be a mess but at the end I could lift the yarn bowl off the mold and show them what a cool project they completed.
The process seemed really simple. Mix some glue with water and then soak the scraps of yarn in it and then shape it around a mold (we used a glass bowl) to create the shape you want. After you have all the yarn in place, set the bowl outside and when its dry lift it off the mold and voila!
Not exactly. I forgot one very important step: wrap the mold in plastic wrap before you place the glue-soaked yarn on it. Since I missed this step, we now have a lovely glass bowl decorated with yarn scraps and I cannot get the yarn off without damaging the bowl!
I wanted to just throw the whole thing about but then I thought this is a good teaching opportunity. So I showed it to the girls and explained to them the mistake I made. We all make mistakes and sometimes when we try something new, we fail at it a few times before we succeed (In this case, I failed to reread the directions for the project before we started it).
My preschooler didn't really seem to understand but my five year old got it right away and offered a few of her own mistakes she's made at school. So in the end, I guess the lesson in this craft was learning that mistakes are part of the process too.